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Aircell Gets on Board with Garmin; New Garmin/Aircell Products to Enhance Flight Communication and Safety.

ATLANTA, Ga., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In a joint press conference here today, officials of both AirCell, Inc. and GARMIN International announced an alliance that will see the development of new products that use AirCell's unique cellular air-ground link to bring affordable flight communications, navigation and safety to general aviation aircraft.

"We are very excited about the new relationship with GARMIN," said Jim Stinehelfer, president and CEO of AirCell. "AirCell provides a robust and affordable air-to-ground link to make voice and data communications a reality for general aviation. The new GARMIN products will be the ideal tool for accessing the AirCell link, while incorporating other navigation and safety features."

The first application of the new alliance will be GARMIN's new NavTalk Pilot, which was introduced today at the Aircraft Electronics Association's annual convention. The NavTalk Pilot brings together in a single unit the mapping features, electronic HSI, VNAV indicator and large LCD display from GARMIN's legendary GPS III Pilot and the cellular phone features of its already popular NavTalk, and combines them with airborne cellular technology from AirCell.

The result is a portable GPS/airborne cellular phone that can be used both on the ground and in the air, thus providing on-going navigation information while eliminating the need for customers to use two separate cell phones. Cellular phones that use AirCell's patented technology are the only cellular phones that are FAA-authorized for airborne use. The NavTalk Pilot and future GARMIN products using AirCell's technology will carry the mark "AirCell On Board" on its outer case and will be distributed through selected GARMIN dealers nationwide.

"Airborne cellular and the advantages it provides is going to change the way pilots and passengers view their time in the aircraft," added Stinehelfer. "The AirCell technology allows the user to make and receive phone calls, as well as send and receive faxes, access e-mail and download information from the Internet. The GARMIN alliance is also the first step at bringing affordable weather to the cockpit. It's an exciting time and we are very proud to join GARMIN in leading the way into this new era of airborne communications and safety."

About AirCell

AirCell provides air-to-ground wireless advanced communications services for the general aviation and regional airline markets. By using its exclusive patented technology, which connects its telephone system to existing ground- based cellular networks, AirCell provides clear voice and data communications (including fax, e-mail and Internet access at a fraction of the cost of current airborne phones). Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, AirCell, Inc. was granted operating authority from the FCC for operation of its air-to-ground wireless phone system in December, 1998. For more information on AirCell products, or for the name of the nearest authorized installation center, customers are invited to call toll-free at (888)328-0200, or visit AirCell's website at: http://www.aircell.com.

About GARMIN

GARMIN International designs manufactures and markets navigation and communications equipment for a variety of markets, including aviation, marine, military, automobile, cellular, OEM and general recreation. For more information regarding GARMIN's NavTalk Pilot or any of GARMIN's other GPS receivers and accessories, please contact GARMIN International, 1200 E. 151st Street, Olathe, KS; Phone 913/397-8200 or FAX: 913/397-8282.
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