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May 13, 1999

Garmin® Introduces AirCell Cellular Communication for the Cockpit

New NavTalk® Pilot proves the sky's the limit when it comes to wireless technology

OLATHE, Kan. Garmin International, continually recognized as the leading manufacturer of GPS and communication equipment for the aviation industry, has once again raised the bar on avionics technology. Garmin has unveiled the NavTalk Pilot, the first portable GPS/cellular telephone for AirCell airborne applications.

"Garmin is thrilled to offer the general aviation community an AirCell cellular phone that will perform even while you are in an airborne environment," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "This will undoubtedly prove to be an invaluable and welcome flying companion to pilots everywhere."

Through an alliance with AirCell, Inc., a Colorado-based company that provides personal air-to-ground wireless communications to the general aviation market, Garmin has developed a combination cell phone/GPS that can be used both airborne and on the ground. AirCell's patented cellular frequency technologies have opened the door for a phone that can operate in the air without interfering with conventional ground-based cell sites. With the NavTalk Pilot, you can place and receive phone call through the AirCell system while flying. Best of all, the NavTalk Pilot will work both in and out of the plane, thus eliminating the need to use two separate cell phones.

This latest innovation combines the cell phone features of the Garmin NavTalk with the mapping data of the popular GPS III Pilot. Together, this handheld GPS/airborne cell phone will assist with the navigation and communication needs of the single engine or small twin engine aircraft pilot who typically flies below 200 knots.

Specific cell phone features of the NavTalk Pilot include:

  • Amazing air-to-ground cellular service through AirCell, Inc.
  • NavTalk Pilot can be used either in the air or on the ground
  • Ability to interface NavTalk Pilot with the plane's audio panel
  • 911 emergency ATC calling feature
  • Internal phone book that holds 100 names and numbers
  • One button speed dial
  • DTMF numeric paging eliminates need for separate pager
  • Waterproof to withstand immersion in one meter of water for thirty minutes

Specific GPS features of the NavTalk Pilot include:

  • 12 parallel channel receiver
  • Detailed built-in Jeppesen® database including worldwide airports and VORs
  • Built-in basemap with interstates, state highways, roads, railroad tracks, lakes, rivers, coastlines and political boundaries
  • Ability to upload mapping data for use on ground and coastal areas via MapSource® CD-ROMs.
  • Stores 500 waypoints with 20 reversible flight plans
  • Boasts a full-screen, electronic HIS with VNAV indicator

The NavTalk Pilot will be available to the public in the third quarter of 2000 and will carry a suggested list price of $2990.