Garmin(R) GPSMAP(R) 495: A Feature Rich, Great Value GPS for Pilots

OLATHE, Kan., March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today the GPSMAP 495, a portable aviation device designed for pilots who want many of the same features as the popular GPSMAP 496 at a fraction of the cost. The GPSMAP 495 includes Garmin's SafeTaxi(R) airport diagrams, Garmin's Smart Airspace, AOPA's Airport Directory data, enhanced high-resolution terrain database, aviation database with private airports and heliports, accelerated GPS update rate, and European VFR reporting waypoints.


"Those familiar with our aviation handheld product line will see the GPSMAP 495 as a cross between the GPSMAP 296 and GPSMAP 496 because it provides some of the advanced features found on the GPSMAP 496, but is closer to the GPSMAP 296's price point," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing.

The GPSMAP 495 incorporates the same, higher resolution terrain database found on the GPSMAP 496. The land graphics have over ten times as much data as other Garmin handhelds and vividly display proximity hazards. In aviation mode, pilots have the benefit of terrain and obstacle alerting, pop-up alerts, and customizable minimum clearance limits that give audible terrain alerts at specified altitudes. Pilots will also appreciate Garmin's Smart Airspace feature that automatically highlights airspace close to the pilot's current altitude and de-emphasizes airspace away from the current altitude.

Like the GPSMAP 496, the GPSMAP 495 has an increased GPS update rate that is five times faster than other handheld GPS devices. This impressive speed gives fluid updates of GPS derived data including the aircraft's flight indicators, such as the HSI and turn rate indicator.

The GPSMAP 495's SafeTaxi diagrams and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Airport Directory data help reduce the headaches associated with navigating unfamiliar taxiways and airports. With over 850 US airport diagrams preloaded, SafeTaxi lets pilots see the aircraft's exact location on the field in relation to charts that identify runways, taxiways and hangars. The preloaded AOPA Airport Directory data includes information for over 5,300 public-use airports and more than 7,000 FBOs, such as pilot services, ground transportation, lodging, restaurants, and local attractions. In addition, Garmin's version of the AOPA's Airport Directory highlights airports where pilots can save on fuel by using self-service fueling locations.

Those who want to use the GPSMAP 495 on the road or water can do so by adding optional MapSource(R) City Navigator(R) street maps or BlueChart(R) marine cartography. City Navigator helps drivers navigate unfamiliar streets with turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions to specific addresses and points of interests. When MapSource BlueChart(R) marine cartography is installed, the waterproof GPSMAP 495 displays information like depth contours, inter-tidal zones, spot soundings, wrecks, navaids, port plans, restricted areas, cable areas and anchorages.

The GPSMAP 495 is expected to be available April 8-13, 2008, at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. The expected street price is $1,595.00. Those who purchase a GPSMAP 495 at the 2008 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In are also eligible to receive a $100 rebate. The GPSMAP 495 package includes a yoke mount, cigarette-lighter adapter, AC adapter cable, USB-to-PC interface cable, low-profile remote GPS antenna, carrying case, free Jeppesen update certificate, owner's manual and quick-reference guide. The GPSMAP 495 does not include the GXM 30A smart antenna with XM WX Satellite Weather and it is not compatible with the GXM(TM) 30A smart antenna.

About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications -- most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin's products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, 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, GPSMAP, SafeTaxi, City Navigator, MapSource and BlueChart are registered trademarks, and GXM is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on forward-looking statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. All statements regarding the company's future product introductions are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on management's current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2007, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 000-31983). A copy of Garmin's Form 10-K can be downloaded at No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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