July 24, 2001
GDL 49 Delivers Weather Data to the Cockpit
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.
the GDL 49 and subscribing to Echo Flights 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.
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."
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 Orbcomms 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.
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.
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 companys 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.
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.
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.