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October 12, 1999

Garmin® Unveils Digital Transponder for General Aviation Use

GTX™ 327 to complement Garmin panel mount GPS products

OLATHE, Kan. – Garmin International, the leading manufacturer of navigation and communication electronics for the general aviation industry, introduces the GTX 327 -- a solid state Mode C digital transponder.

"We are pleased to now offer a digital transponder that will complement all Garmin avionics stack options," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International.

The GTX 327's most visible feature is a high contrast DSTN LCD display, which shows yellow numbers on a black background for the ultimate in readability. Other operating features include a one-push VFR button, a convenient keypad layout which makes entering a squawk code simple, and two important timing functions which show current time and flight time.

The GTX 327 provides 200 watts nominal power output and because it doesn't have a cavity tube, uses only one-third the power of other transponders on the market. The solid state design of the GTX 327 also allows for lower heat emission and eliminates warm-up time.

The GTX 327 will be available in February 2000 at a suggested retail price of $1895.