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July 28, 1999

Garmin® Announces a Simple Way to Keep GPS Datacards Current

Skybound Datawriter from Jeppesen®Æ updates your panel mount Garmin GPS with the greatest of ease

OLATHE, Kan. – Garmin International, the leading manufacturer of navigation and communication equipment for the aviation industry, has announced a new way to update the datacards on your Garmin panel mount GPS from the comfort of your laptop computer. Jeppesen's Skybound Datawriter allows Garmin owners to download via the Internet. The Jeppesen service can be used with any Garmin panel mount GPS that uses a front loading datacard.

The updating process is an easy one. Once Jeppesen customers have transferred their current subscription service to the new web-based subscription service, they simply log onto Jeppesen's NavData web page and click on "service updates." The system will select the correct update file and instruct the user to complete the download process. From there, you insert the Skybound Datawriter into your laptop, log into the Skybound software, press the start button and the adapter finishes the update in about three minutes. Jeppesen will also offer datacard updates via CD-ROM for those customers who don't have access to the Internet.

"Garmin customers are going to see this technology as a tremendous convenience," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "Gone are the days of sending back expired cards and waiting for your new card to arrive in the mail. I think by making the process so easy, it will encourage pilots to update their databases more frequently."

Individuals who subscribe to the website update service will be billed yearly by Jeppesen. The subscription fee will include the Skybound Datawriter adapter. The Skybound Datawriter and web site service will be available from Jeppesen in the fall of 1999.

Jeppesen is based in Englewood, Colorado. The company is a subsidiary of The Times Mirror Company and is recognized as the world's leading supplier of flight information, supported by flight planning services, aviation weather services, maintenance information and pilot training systems. For more information, please contact Jeppesen at (303) 799-9090 or visit their web site at www.jeppesen.com.