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May 14, 2001

Garmin® Avionics Now Standard on Eurocopter Rotorcraft

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) and the leading avionics manufacturer for the general aviation market, is pleased to announce that its popular GNS 430 integrated avionics system will now be standard equipment on the 2001 EC 130 B4 helicopter from France-based Eurocopter Ltd.

"This OEM agreement with Eurocopter marks a major penetration in the rotorcraft market," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "Whether the EC 130 is being used for executive travel or tour operations, our avionics will provide communication, navigation and critical flight data to simplify and enhance the flying experience."

The Garmin GNS 430 is an integrated GPS/Nav/Comm with color moving map on a four-inch (diagonal) display. Already a best seller among fixed-wing aircraft owners and pilots, the GNS 430 boasts MFD attributes when coupled with traffic, lightning and weather interfaces to provide superior situational awareness and flight safety.

The EC 130 B4 is a turbine-powered, single-engine helicopter with seating capacity for up to seven passengers. It offers ultra-silent flight and all the amenities of a roomy corporate-class rotorcraft.

Eurocopter is the first rotorcraft manufacturer to bring Garmin avionics on board as standard equipment. Several manufacturers currently offer Garmin as optional upgrades in their helicopters, including Robinson, Schweizer, Agusta, Enstrom and MD Helicopters.

Garmin-equipped EC 130 B4s are expected to deliver in September 2001.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Garmin Ltd., through its operating subsidiaries, designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information electronics. The company’s full product line serves the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. The company 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 the Virtual Press Room at, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.