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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 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 and GNS 530 and GPS 500 are trademarks of Garmin Corp.