LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Expo that the company has achieved another milestone in satellite-based navigation. Earlier this month, the Garmin GNS 480 earned the industry's first TSO C146a Gamma-3 certification, which enables pilots to fly Localizer-Precision with Vertical (LPV) guidance approaches and receive primary-means GPS navigation via the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). Ten years ago, Garmin was the first avionics manufacturer to demonstrate the Initial Operating Capability of the Global Positioning System (GPS) by certifying the GPS 155 TSO(TM) for non-precision GPS approaches in IFR conditions. "In 1994, we proved that pilots could rely on satellite navigation for IFR operations and that event has changed the course of aviation," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "We believe certification of the GNS 480 for LPV approaches is equally significant, because it provides pilots with primary GPS guidance during all phases of flight and opens the possibility of shooting an ILS-like approach into thousands of airports that are not currently served by an ILS." As the first panel-mount avionics system approved for LPV approach operations, the GNS 480 meets the highest level of certification for WAAS navigation. The GNS 480 utilizes satellite-based navaids for precise lateral and vertical approach guidance -- similar to Instrument Landing System (ILS) operations -- without the need for ground-based navaids of any kind. The Gamma-3 level of certification makes the GNS 480 the only WAAS navigator approved to fly the FAA's new LPV approaches. The FAA has begun to deploy these new landing procedures, which will support instrument approaches with lateral and vertical guidance using the most stringent standards. The GNS 480 has an innovative 15-channel WAAS receiver that updates the aircraft's position at a rate of five times per second. Like Garmin's other integrated avionics, the GNS 480 provides oceanic-approved IFR GPS/NAV/COM functionality and VOR/ILS capabilities -- but does so on a 3.8-inch (diagonal), 256-color moving-map display. Approved for installation on more than 700 aircraft, the GNS 480 is currently available at a suggested retail price of $11,995. 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 http://www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark, and GNS 480 and GPS 155 TSO are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Notice on forward-looking statements: This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company's product introductions and expected product availability dates are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of risk factors affecting Garmin, including (but not limited to) risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2003 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 http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html .
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