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January 01, 2001

Garmin® Avionics Standard on all 2001 Mooney Aircraft

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) and a leading avionics manufacturer for the general aviation industry, is pleased to announce an exciting new relationship with Mooney Aircraft Corp. In the new partnership agreement, Mooney will offer a complete Garmin avionics suite as standard equipment on all 2001 Mooney Eagles, Ovations and Bravos.

"Mooney Aircraft has a long history of developing high-quality, high-performance aircraft and we are extremely proud to have forged a relationship with this general aviation leader," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "For Garmin, this agreement with Mooney reinforces our position as a market leader in panel mount avionics for 2001 and beyond."

Mooney joins airframe manufacturers Raytheon Aircraft, New Piper, Cirrus Design, Aviat and Extra to offer Garmin avionics as standard equipment on their 2001 aircraft.

All 2001 Mooney aircraft will feature the GMA 340 audio panel, GTX™ 327 digital transponder, GI 106A course deviation indicator, and Garmin GNS 430/GNS 530 integrated avionics systems.

"Garmin avionics unquestionably enhance the way pilots fly," said Mike McConnell, senior vice-president for strategic planning, Mooney Aircraft Corp. "We are thrilled to offer this cutting-edge technology to our customers in all our new aircraft."

The Mooney M20S Eagle will come standard with a Garmin GNS 430, GMA 340, and GTX 327. Owners wishing to upgrade can add a GI 106A and a second GNS 430 for redundancy or exchange the original 430 for the larger display GNS 530. Pilots flying the Mooney M20R Ovation2 or top-of-the-line turbocharged M20M Bravo will navigate using the powerful GNS 530/430 combination. For those aviators wanting the finest in situational awareness, Mooney can offer dual GNS 530s.-more-

The revolutionary GNS 430 and GNS 530 are IFR GPS/Nav/Comm/ILS integrated avionics systems with color moving map on four- and five-inch diagonal displays, respectively. Both units provide MFD capabilities including traffic, lightning detection and weather — making flying safer through such interfaces as Ryan TCAD, BFGoodrich Skywatch and WX 500 Stormscope®, and Garmin's GDL 49 satellite datalink.

The Garmin standard avionics suite is planned to be available in all of Mooney’s 2001 model year aircraft, beginning in January 2001.