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April 11, 2001

Liberty Aerospace Makes Garmin® Avionics Standard on XL-2

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 Aerospace XL-2.

"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 training."

Modeled after Liberty’s 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-2’s 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 company’s 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, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Corp.