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September 30, 2003

Diamond Aircraft Adds Garminís G1000 Avionics System to the DA40

OLATHE, Kan./September 30, 2003/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that Diamond Aircraft Co. has selected the company’s G1000™ integrated avionics system for the 2004 DA40 Diamond Star. The DA40 will feature a dual-display G1000 system, boasting a 10-inch primary flight display (PFD) and 10-inch multi-function display (MFD). The DA40 Diamond Star is serving as the certification aircraft for Garmin’s G1000 system.

"This announcement demonstrates that our G1000 avionics system can be scaled for a range of applications and affordably added to a single-engine piston aircraft with the performance and pricing of the DA40," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "The exciting news is that DA40 owners will enjoy the same glass-cockpit functionality reserved until recently only for the turbine market."

The G1000 replaces most of the analog gauges and separate radio modules on the DA40’s panel with two large-format, XGA-resolution (1,024 x 768 pixels) color TFT displays. The integrated avionics system is mounted in the rear of the aircraft and is linked to the displays via high-speed databus technology. The end result is that the G1000 gives the pilot the "big picture" on situational awareness by putting all flight-critical information at the DA40 pilot’s fingertips on the PFD/MFD combination. Garmin has integrated the following components into the G1000 system to deliver a robust glass cockpit:

  • Digital audio control panel
  • Dual integrated radio modules that provide IFR oceanic-approved GPS; VHF navigation with ILS; and VHF communication with 16-watt transceivers and 8.33-kHz channel spacing
  • Mode-S transponder with Traffic Information Service
  • Solid-state Attitude and Heading Reference System
  • Digital air data computer

"Garmin's all-glass cockpit offers an increased level of situational awareness, further enhancing the many safety advantages of the Diamond Star," said John Gauch, Diamond's vice president of sales and marketing for North America. "The G1000 avionics system is revolutionizing the way aircraft are being designed and we are proud to be the first to offer this exciting equipment in an aircraft positioned to serve both the recreational and training markets."

A composite four-seater, the DA40 remains one of the safest, most affordable single-engine piston aircraft in its class. It offers 145-kt. cruise speed, while consuming only 9.5 gallons of fuel per hour. DA40 aircraft equipped with Garmin’s G1000 system are expected to begin delivery in 2004.

 

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.

Diamond Aircraft is a leading manufacturer of composite aircraft that use new technology when appropriate to significantly benefit their customers. As the only manufacturer offering both two- and four-seat certified aircraft, the company is geared to serving both the training market as well as the recreational flying market. For information on Diamond Aircraft or its line of aircraft, call 888-359-3220 or visit the website at www.diamondair.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 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 Garmin’s actual results is contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2002 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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