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July 24, 2001

Garmin's GDL 49 Delivers Weather Data to the Cockpit

Weather capabilities add to MFD attributes of Garmin® 400/500 series
OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International, a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) and the leading avionics manufacturer for the general aviation market, today announced that satellite-based weather will soon be available on Garmin avionics through its new GDL 49 Satellite Data Link Transceiver. The GDL 49 is designed to enhance the capabilities of the Garmin 400/500 series.

By installing the GDL 49 and subscribing to Echo Flight’s weather datalink service, pilots will have instant access to NEXRAD weather data on their GNS 430 and GNS 530 — at any altitude, anywhere in the continental United States — as well as textual and graphical METAR information.

"Garmin is revolutionizing safety in the cockpit by offering up-to-the-minute weather data," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "When we designed the GNS 430 and GNS 530 we built in an expandable platform for flight-critical data."

The subscription-based weather data provided by Echo Flight is an alternative to other Flight Information Services (FIS) that are currently in development. Unlike broadcast FIS data, Echo Flight uses Orbcomm’s network of low-earth orbit satellites to deliver weather information to the cockpit on a request/reply basis. With the GDL 49, there are no altitude restrictions and you can request weather data at your current location, your destination or anywhere in between.

Weather capabilities are the latest interface addition to Garmin's integrated avionics systems, joining lightning detection and traffic to bolster the MFD attributes of the Garmin 400/500 series, including the revolutionary GNS 430 and GNS 530. The latter combine an IFR GPS/Nav/Comm/ILS with VOR, LOC and glideslope on a full-color moving map. While the GNS 430 boasts a four-inch diagonal display, the GNS 530 offers an impressive five-inch diagonal display.

The GDL 49 transceiver is expected to be available from Garmin at a suggested retail price of $3,495 in June of 2002.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Through its operating subsidiaries, Garmin Ltd. designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices. The company’s primary markets are aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and 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 GDL 49, GNS 430 and GNS 530 are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Echo Flight Inc. is located in Boulder, Colo. The company has been involved in the development and licensing of general aviation safety products since 1994. For more information on Echo Flight, call 303-413-9002 or visit its website at www.echoflight.com.

Notice on forward-looking statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting Garmin Ltd. and its business. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2000 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.

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