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June 18, 2004

Garmin® G1000™ All-Glass Flightdeck Certified in the Cessna Skylane

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OLATHE, Kan./June 18, 2004/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that Cessna Aircraft Co. has received approval for an amended Type Certificate (TC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the 182T Skylane. Cessna’s T182T Turbo Skylane is expected to be certified shortly. The amended TC accommodates the revolutionary Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system, which both aircraft feature as the NAV III premium avionics option.

" This is an historic day for Garmin and for Cessna," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "This FAA approval validates the G1000 — the first truly integrated, all-glass flightdeck for a single-engine piston aircraft in the United States — and it officially ushers in the next avionics revolution."

The G1000 system integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, and Engine Instrumentation and Crew Alerting System (EICAS) data on two 10.4-inch, high-definition LCDs in the Skylane and Turbo Skylane. These active-matrix displays feature XGA resolution (1,024x768-pixel count) and are capable of presenting data in brilliant, sunlight-readable color at wide viewing angles.

  • The primary flight display (PFD) replaces many of the traditional cockpit instruments and digitally integrates flight information on a single, large-format display for easier interpretation by the pilot. The PFD interfaces with Garmin’s new Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), which features rapid alignment while moving, including in-flight dynamic restarts.

  • The multifunction display (MFD) puts all aircraft-systems monitoring and flight-planning functions at the pilot’s fingertips. The MFD paints a composite view of the aircraft’s environment, providing the pilot with all necessary information to make safe decisions during every phase of flight. Engine performance and situational data such as location, terrain, traffic, weather and airport information are all digitally depicted and can be quickly interpreted at a glance on the large-format display.

  • The integrated design and reversionary capabilities of the G1000 allow all flight-critical data to transfer seamlessly to a single display for added safety and peace of mind during flight.

" We are excited to share this integrated all-glass flightdeck with our customers," said John Doman, Cessna’s vice president for worldwide propeller sales. "Since Cessna’s October 2003 announcement of the G1000 NAV III option, we have taken several hundred orders for G1000-equipped Skylanes and Stationairs. Cessna airplanes have always been recognized as the best and safest. Now, they will be recognized as having more advanced avionics than any other FAA certified single-engine airplane. The new Garmin G1000 is a tremendous step forward for general aviation."

Deliveries of G1000-equipped Cessna 182T/T182T aircraft are imminent. The G1000 system has also been selected for 2004 models of Cessna 206H Stationair and T206H Turbo Stationair aircraft — as well as Cessna’s Citation Mustang business jet, slated for production in late 2006.

 

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices — most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. 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 Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark, and G1000 is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Cessna Aircraft Co. is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT). Textron is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 43,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at www.textron.com. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.

Notice on forward-looking statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company’s product introductions and expected product availability dates are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of risk factors affecting Garmin, including (but not limited to) risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2003 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin’s Form 10-K can be downloaded from www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.

 

 

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