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April 12, 1999

Garmin® and Sandel Avionics Join Forces to Create Compatible Avionics Software Interface

OLATHE, Kan. – Garmin International, the aviation industry's leading GPS manufacturer, announces a new relationship with Sandel Avionics that will benefit the general aviation aircraft owner. The two companies have created compatible software that will link together the Garmin GNS 430, a combination GPS/Comm/Nav with color moving map, with the Sandel SN3308, a three-inch electronic HSI.

The newly created ARINC 429 serial interface is designed to simplify the installation process by using only six wires instead of 50 to interface between the Garmin GNS 430 and the Sandel SN3308. This revolutionary technology will likely result in several-thousand dollars worth of savings in installation labor costs for aircraft owners.

"The result of this partnership between Garmin and Sandel will positively impact pilots who use both the GNS 430 and the Sandel SN3308," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "It just shows what can be accomplished when you bring together two innovative leaders in the aviation industry."

The special digital protocol eliminates the need to wire for relays, annunciators, resolvers, discretes and other signals. To accomplish this, the functions of the GNS 430 interface were integrated on the Sandel ARINC 429 interface, including the receiver CDI select.

Known as the "one box," the Garmin GNS 430 is an integrated GPS/Comm with VOR, LOC and glideslope, which also features a full-color moving map. The GNS 430 comes complete with a detailed database that shows cities, political boundaries, highways, railroads, rivers, lakes and coastlines. The GNS 430 also boasts six TSO certifications and WAAS upgradability.

The Sandel SN3308 ColorMap HSI is the only three-inch electronic HSI offering compatibility with standard 3ATI panel cutouts of general aviation aircraft. It serves as an HSI, RMI, moving map and StormscopeÆ display that integrates heading from a DG and flux gate, and position data from a VOR, GPS, Loran, ADF, DME and marker beacon. The Sandel SN3308 is FAA-certified as a primary navigation display under TSO C-113.

Garmin International and Sandel Avionics have released jointly approved installation drawings for the SN3308 to GNS 430 interface. These drawings are approved data for use by licensed avionics installation shops and FAA inspectors.

Sandel Avionics is located in Vista, California. The company designs and manufactures three-inch electronic displays for the general aviation aircraft market. For more information on Sandel Avionics, please call (760) 727-4900 or visit the company's web site at www.sandel.com.