April 27, 2001
Garmin® Offers Pilots Big Picture'
FMS with the GPS 500
OLATHE, Kan. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin
Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) and leading manufacturer of panel-mount avionics
and GPS-enabled portables for the general aviation market, introduces
the GPS 500 a GPS and color moving map on a high-resolution,
five-inch display. This product follows on the heels of the popular
GNS 530 intergrated avionics system and offers new panel options
to aircraft owners.
"The GPS 500 is for serious IFR pilots who want big-picture
situational awareness," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing,
Garmin International. "Because of its FMS-like attributes,
the GPS 500 can simultaneously give aviators vital approach information
and weather and traffic data in relation to their position on
a large, color moving map display."
Pilots will enjoy the GPS 500 as an MFD, especially when it is
coupled with traffic, lightning detection, and weather interfaces
like Ryan TCAD, BFGoodrich SKYWATCH and STORMSCOPE®
WX 500, and soon the Garmin GDL 49 data link transceiver.
The GPS 500 vividly presents critical flight data in a manner
that pilots and aircraft owners have come to expect in Garmin
panel-mount avionics. Its color moving map features a built-in
database that shows cities, highways, railroads, rivers, lakes,
coastlines, and a complete Jeppesen® database all in high-contrast
colors. The GPS 500 is TSO C129a certified for GPS non-precision
approaches and will be WAAS-upgradable.
The GPS 500 is expected to deliver in May 2001 with a suggested
retail price of $12,500.
Garmin International Inc. is a member 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 is a registered trademark and
GNS 530 and GPS 500 are trademarks of Garmin Corp.