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September 25, 2002

Garmin® Delivers a 16-Watt COM for Corporate Aircraft

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that it will soon offer a 16-watt COM version of its popular color mapping avionics for business aircraft — the GNC® 420A, GNS 430A and GNS 530A. The "A" version differentiates the 16-watt COM from Garmin's current line of 10-watt avionics.

"We have the leading line of panel-mount avionics in the general aviation market, and this new version will make our pilot-friendly integrated avionics systems more suitable for the business aviation market," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "Our new 16-watt COM will enable our systems to transmit and receive at higher altitudes and at farther distances, giving corporate aircraft operators one more reason to go with Garmin."

The GNC 420 is designed to resemble Garmin's popular GNS 430 and serves as an effective IFR GPS/COM. It packs GPS navigation features, frequency nomination tools and self-contained annunciation into a single, space-saving box. The GNC 420 is certified for non-precision approaches.

The GNS 430 integrates IFR GPS/COM capabilities with ILS, VOR, LOC and glideslope features on a brilliant 4-inch color moving map display. When it was introduced in 1998, the GNS 430 set the aviation world abuzz as the first integrated IFR GPS/NAV/COM. A year later, the company debuted the GNS 530 — a larger version of the GNS 430 with a five-inch display for wider viewing — to solidify its leadership position in the general aviation market. Each system has interface capabilities to receive traffic, lightning and weather information for heightened situational awareness.

The GNC 420A, GNS 430A and GNS 530A are currently available in black or gray bezels to coordinate with the panel design of most corporate aircraft. These products are available at the respective suggested retail prices: $12,995 (420-black), $13,645 (420-gray), $14,250 (430-black), $14,965 (430-gray), $19,995 (530-black) and $20,995 (530-gray).


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.

Notice on forward-looking statements:
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