April 11, 2001
Liberty Aerospace Makes Garmin® Avionics Standard
OLATHE, Kan. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin
Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) and leading avionics manufacturer for the
general aviation market, announces that its state-of-the-art avionics
suite will be standard equipment on the panel of the new Liberty
"The XL-2 is an excellent platform for sport aviators,"
said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "And
with Garmin avionics on board, the XL-2 is optimal for flight
Modeled after Libertys popular Europa kitplane, the XL-2
is planned as an affordable, two-seat IFR private sport and flight
school aircraft. The XL-2 has a 48-inch-wide cockpit, a payload
in excess of 600 lbs., a cruise speed of 138 mph, and a range
of over 500 nm.
Colorado-based Liberty Aerospace joins a long list of aircraft
manufacturers with Garmin as standard equipment, including New
Piper, Raytheon, Mooney, Cirrus, Commander, Waco, Aviat, Tiger,
Adams, Explorer and Eagle.
For a two-seater, the XL-2s panel boasts one of the most
powerful avionics suites in general aviation featuring
GNS 530/GNS 430 GPS/Nav/Com integrated systems, GTX™ 327 digital
transponder and GMA 340 audio panel. The GNS 530/430 provide IFR
pilots with the ultimate in situational awareness by displaying
traffic, lightning and weather information on a five- and four-inch
screen, respectively. Each avionics system can also act as an
MFD, especially when coupled with interfaces like the Ryan TCAD,
BFGoodrich STORMSCOPE and SKYWATCH, and soon-to-be-released
Garmin GDL 49 weather data link transceiver.
The Liberty XL-2 is expected to deliver early in 2002, and a
Garmin-equipped prototype is making its debut at this year's
Sun N Fun Fly-in.
Garmin International Inc. and Garmin Corp. are members of
the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Garmin Ltd.,
through its operating subsidiaries, designs and manufactures navigation,
communication and information electronics. The companys
full product line serves the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation,
automotive, wireless and OEM markets. The company is incorporated
in the Cayman Islands and its principal subsidiaries are located
in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more
information, visit the Virtual Press Room at www.garmin.com/pressroom,
or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin
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