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Thales Navigation Wraps Up the Perfect All-In-One GPS Navigation Gifts For Outdoorsmen, Off-Roaders and ATV Enthusiasts

Magellan SporTrak Map Outdoorsman & SporTrak Map ATV Bundles Lead the Way to Holiday Fun

Santa Clara, CA   (November 26, 2003) Thales Navigation announces the availability of two GPS navigation product combination packs for those who are serious about outdoor fun, whether off-roading, backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, or riding an ATV. The SporTrak® Map Outdoorsman GPS Value Pack and SporTrak Map ATV GPS Value Pack give enthusiasts everything they need in one convenient package to navigate with confidence, whether in challenging terrain, backwoods, or wide-open spaces.

The SporTrak Map Outdoorsman GPS Value Pack offers a navigation solution for the true outdoorsman who likes to hunt, fish, or just explore the great outdoors. It features a Magellan® SporTrak Map handheld, MapSend® Topo for the United States software, a neck lanyard, a heavy duty carrying case, and two AA batteries.

The SporTrak Map ATV GPS Value Pack helps ATV enthusiasts navigate to their favorite hunting or camping spot or simply enjoy off-road riding without worrying about finding their way back. It contains a SporTrak Map, MapSend Topo for the United States software, a bike mount, power cable with cigarette lighter adapter, and two AA batteries.

Magellan MapSend Topo for the United States software is designed to provide digital, interactive, fully searchable, topographic capabilities both on a desktop and in a GPS receiver. MapSend Topo for the United States delivers:

  • True digital elevation model (DEM) database derived from U.S. Geological Survey DEM data

  • Instantaneous elevation data

  • Vertical elevation profile graphs

  • Waypoint and route creation tools

  • Nationwide street maps, plus trails, lakes, rivers, topographic points of interest

  • Woodall's® Campgrounds database

MapSend Topo for the United Sates simplifies route planning and navigation by helping users determine the terrain along routes, or find alternate routes when the terrain is too steep or impassable. In addition, users can search the database using names, addresses or coordinates.

The rugged, Magellan SporTrak Map is a versatile navigation tool for outdoor activities and travel on water, on foot and on wheels. The compact, 6.1-ounce receiver delivers

  • Five times more memory for downloading additional navigation data than any comparable GPS receiver

  • 2 MB North American database of highways, major roads, parks, waterways and airports

  • 6 MBs of available memory for adding street detail, points of interest and 3D topographic maps from Magellan MapSend software

  • WAAS-enabled three-meter accuracy

The large, Hi-Brite backlit display (39% larger than the leading competitor) is designed for easy readability in all light conditions. A nine-key keypad provides fast, direct access to a variety of navigation screens, including the map, compass, large data, position, road, speedometer and strip compass screen. SporTrak Map is impact-resistant, waterproof, and even floats. Its quadrafiler helix antenna provides a fast position fix and stays locked-on, even when traveling through a deep canyon, crossing a wooded gully or traversing between tall peaks.

About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of positioning, navigation and guidance equipment with global operations. Thales Navigation markets its Magellan brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its GPS and GNSS professional products in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets. Through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost® vehicle navigation system. Thales Navigation's key innovations include the first U.S. commercial hand-held GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first handheld GPS with industry standard Secure Digital Memory Card capabilities.

Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. with European headquarters in Carquefou, France, is a subsidiary of Thales, a world leader in professional electronics in three key markets: Aerospace, Defense and Information Technology & Services (IT&S). The Group employs 60,000 people in nearly 50 countries worldwide, and generated revenues of over $11 billion in 2002. For more information, visit

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