August 7, 2002
Garmin Gives Gliders Two Good Reasons to Use
GPS for Competition
OLATHE, Kan. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin
Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that the company has developed
software for competitive gliders on two of its popular portable
GPS devices the eTrex
Vista and GPSMAP
76S. Available now on Garmins corporate website as a
free upgrade to the devices,
the software will simplify navigation, competition and record
keeping in a variety of gliding sports in North America, South
America and Europe.
"Several gliding competitions across Europe and the U.S.
have begun to move to GPS technology as the sole means of proving
that participants have successfully completed a course,"
said Gary Kelley, Garmins director of marketing. "As
one of the leading manufacturers of GPS products worldwide, Garmins
software enhancement for these GPS units provides an affordable
and equitable standard by which to record tracks, distances, altitudes
and speeds during competitions."
The eTrex Vista and GPSMAP 76S both incorporate GPS/mapping capabilities,
along with a barometric altimeter for barograph-like elevation
profiles and an electronic compass for heading and tracking information.
Both devices have generalized map data, including highways, major
roads, rivers, lakes and borders. The products also possess 24
megabytes of internal memory for downloadable detailed mapping
from Garmins exclusive line of MapSource CD-ROMs.
When combined with the unique features of the eTrex Vista and
GPSMAP 76S, the new software is expected to greatly aid gliders
as they seek to simplify and amplify their sport. The manual checkpoint
transition feature is added to give competitors more control over
flying from one checkpoint to the next. The glide-ratio, glide-ratio-to-target,
and vertical-speed-to-target features use GPS/altimeter functions
to help competitors determine if they can reach their target without
passing a point of no return. The new software also features improved
vertical speed sensitivity and improved visual presentation (Vista
only) to help competitors visualize direction to the immediate
and next checkpoint simultaneously.
The eTrex Vista and GPSMAP 76S have suggested retail prices of
$375 and $499, respectively.
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,
eTrex and GPSMAP are registered trademarks, and MapSource is a
trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
Notice on forward-looking statements:
This release includes projections and other forward-looking statements
regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding
the companys future financial position, revenues, earnings,
product introductions, plans and objectives are forward-looking
statements. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed
in this release may not occur and actual results could differ
materially as a result of risk factors affecting Garmin. Information
concerning risk factors that could affect Garmins actual
results is contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the
year ended December 29, 2001 filed by Garmin with the Securities
and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy
of Garmins Form 10-K can be downloaded from http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.