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October 21, 2004

Garmin® Unveils Next-Generation Weather Data for Popular Avionics

GDL 69/69A

OLATHE, Kan./October 21, 2004/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today introduced the GDL 69™, a new remote sensor that receives broadcast weather data from the XM WX™ Satellite Weather service of XM Satellite Radio and delivers the data to Garmin’s popular avionics systems.  The GDL 69 brings highly reliable, near real-time weather information to industry-leading products such as the G1000™, MX20™, GNS 530™ and GNS 430™.

“The GDL 69 will delight our customers in every phase of flight, because it offers a broad array of weather services and a high level of detail graphically depicted on the displays of our most popular systems,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. “As a next-generation weather receiver, the GDL 69 provides greater situational awareness to pilots flying Garmin-equipped aircraft and enables them to make safer, more strategic decisions in flight to avoid potential weather hazards.”

The XM WX Satellite Weather service is broadcast in the S-band frequency over two powerful geosynchronous satellites to the GDL 69 for rapid-update, high-resolution weather information directly into the cockpit, at any altitude across the continental United States.  The comprehensive weather data suite available through XM WX is supplied by WxWorx, an innovator in location-specific weather data and leading provider of analytical weather services to the broadcast media and emergency management industry.

The GDL 69 delivers a robust set of capabilities that includes:

  • High-resolution NEXRAD weather data*
  • METARs (in graphical or textual format)*
  • Precipitation type (at surface)*
  • TAFs*
  • TFRs*
  • Winds aloft (at altitude)
  • Echo tops
  • Lightning
  • Storm-cell data (size, speed and direction)

XM offers these capabilities in two service packages for a monthly subscription fee.  The Aviator Lite service plan (marked with *) is $29.99 per month.  The Aviator package includes all of the above services (and more) for a monthly fee of $49.99.  XM also charges a one-time activation fee of $75.   

For pilots who want additional value from XM Satellite Radio, Garmin also offers the GDL 69A™.  This receiver combines XM WX’s weather services with XM’s digital audio entertainment, which provides 130-plus channels of music, news, talk, sports and information.  The additional subscription price for these digital audio services is only $6.95 per month as part of XM’s Family Plan for multiple XM subscriptions.

Garmin will offer the GDL 69 and GDL 69A for the MX20 multi-functional display in November 2004 and the G1000 integrated glass cockpit later this year.  The company expects to make the GDL 69 available for the GNS 430/530 integrated navigation systems in the first quarter of 2005.  Initially, the GNS 430/530 will utilize the XM WX service to display only NEXRAD and METAR data.  But when the GNS 430/530 are approved for WAAS and have received the requisite upgrade (price: $1,500; timing: mid-2005), these products will offer the extensive weather capabilities of the GDL 69 and the combined weather/audio features of the GDL 69A.

The GDL 69 and GDL 69A will be available at suggested retail prices of $4,995 and $5,775, 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 or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200.  Garmin is a registered trademark, and GDL 69, G1000, MX20, GNS 530, GNS 430 and GDL 69A are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR) is America's #1 satellite radio service with more than 2.5 million subscribers.  Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville, Tenn. at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2004 lineup includes more than 130 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 68 one-hundred-percent commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; more than 40 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide and a dedicated public safety channel offering emergency information before, during and after natural disasters and other hazardous incidents to listeners across the country

Hardware and required monthly subscription sold separately.  Subscription fee is consumer only. Other fees and taxes, including a one-time activation fee may apply. All programming fees and weather data subject to change.  XM WX weather data displays and individual product availability vary by hardware equipment. Reception of the XM signal may vary depending on location.  Subscriptions subject to Customer Agreement included with the XM Welcome Kit and available at Available only in the 48 contiguous United States.   For more information about the XM WX Satellite Weather service is available at  XM WX is a trademark of XM Satellite Radio Inc. ©2004 XM Satellite Radio Inc. All rights reserved.

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 and expected product availability dates 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, including (but not limited to) risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2003 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