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October 6, 2003

Garminís G1000ô Glass Cockpit Added to New Cessna 182/206 Aircraft

Cessna 182 Panel

OLATHE, Kan./Oct. 6, 2003/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that Cessna Aircraft Co. has selected Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics system as optional equipment on all new 182 Skylanes, 182 Turbo Skylanes, 206 Stationairs and 206 Turbo Stationairs aircraft, starting early in the second quarter of 2004. These single-engine aircraft will be the first Cessna airframes to offer Garmin’s G1000 all-glass cockpit, boasting a 10-inch primary flight display (PFD) and 10-inch multi-function display (MFD).

"The G1000 system offers an additional level of safety, reliability and affordability — qualities that Cessna pilots have come to expect from their aircraft — making it a natural fit on Cessna’s single-engine piston aircraft," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "By replacing many of the analog gauges and mechanical instruments with the G1000’s all-digital, large format LCDs and integrated avionics, Cessna will be revolutionizing the 182 and 206 series of aircraft."

The G1000 integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, engine, and sensor data on the dual 10-inch, XGA-resolution (1,024x768-pixel) displays. The physical architecture of the G1000 system lends itself to easy installation and service. The integrated design of the avionics is also expandable, making it possible to add new technologies and capabilities, as they become available. Further, the system offers outstanding situational awareness for flight management, aircraft control, traffic, terrain and weather. Installations of the G1000 on new Cessna 182 and 206 models include the following components:

  • 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 (TIS)
  • Solid-state Attitude and Heading Reference System
  • Digital air data computer
  • XM Satellite Radio receiver, featuring full-color, graphical weather information via digital data link and 101 channels of CD-quality audio (availability: 4Q04 in U.S. models only)

"We are very excited to offer this revolutionary glass-cockpit technology on our single-engine piston aircraft," said John Doman, Cessna’s vice president of worldwide propeller sales. "The G1000 will provide Cessna customers with greater situational awareness and continue building on Cessna’s tradition of providing customers with the safest aircraft in the skies."

Garmin avionics are currently available as optional equipment on all Cessna Caravan aircraft and select Citation business jets. Earlier this year, Cessna selected a three-display version of the G1000 for its Citation Mustang business jet, slated for production in 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), an $11 billion multi-industry company with 49,000 employees in 40 countries. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands, such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee. More information is available at www.textron.com.

Notice on forward-looking statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company’s future product introductions 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. 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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