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February 17, 2003

Garmin® First to Certify TIS-Enabled Mode S Transponder — GTX™ 330

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today confirmed that the company was the first avionics manufacturer to receive a FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for a product enabled to receive data via the Traffic Information Service (TIS). The STC was granted on Dec. 13, 2002, and gave Garmin clearance to begin shipping the GTX 330 — a solid-state, digital Mode S transponder — for installation in new and existing aircraft.

The GTX 330 is a Level 2 Mode S transponder, and its Comm A/B protocol enables TIS data link functionality. TIS delivers greater traffic awareness to pilots in the United States by transmitting ATC traffic information to aircraft equipped with TIS-enabled Mode S transponders. The data is then displayed in vivid color on the Garmin GNS 430/530.

" The TIS capabilities on the GTX 330 provide greater traffic awareness and increase overall flight safety," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "Pilots get this additional level of safety at a significant cost savings over traditional TAS and TCAS systems — which can cost anywhere from $15,000 up to $125,000."

Pilots familiar with Garmin avionics will notice that the GTX 330 is built on the same receiver and transmitter technology as the best-selling GTX 327. Its solid-state design uses less power, reduces heat emissions and eliminates warm-up time. The GTX 330 will also use the same easy-to-use pilot interface and features the same high-contrast yellow and black LCD display and user-friendly keypad featuring a dedicated VFR button. But the GTX 330 goes a step further to add outside air temperature, altitude monitoring (with a built-in digitized voice annunciator to alert the pilot when preset altitude limits have been exceeded), and density altitude functions, and front-panel input for flight ID.

In 1999, the European aviation regulatory agency mandated Mode S transponders for all IFR flights by April 2003 and Mode S for all VFR flights by April 2005.

Garmin received certification and began initial shipments of the GTX 330 Mode S digital transponder in the fourth quarter of 2002 at a suggested retail price of $4,995.

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 GNC® 420, GNS 430 and GNS 530 are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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This release includes projections and other forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company’s 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 Garmin's 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 Garmin’s Form 10-K can be downloaded from