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Aero Friedrichshafen: SD41

Avidyne EX600 MFD Receives European Approval

EX600—with innovative Map Panning, CMax™ Approach Charts & Worldwide Airport Diagrams and European Datalink Graphical Weather—now available for installation in European-registered helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft

Friedrichshafen, Germany – Wednesday, April 13, 2011 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight decks, displays, and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced their EX600 Multi-Function Display (MFD) has received European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).  This ETSO paves the way for installation of the EX600 MFD in European-registered fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.


“Our EX-Series MFD customers have enjoyed the exclusive situational awareness and safety benefits of European-specific datalink graphical weather and electronic VFR charts,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s Chief Operating Officer.  “Europe continues to be an important market for Avidyne and with this ETSO, we can offer even greater benefits for our European customers with our newest MFD, the EX600.”


“The EX600 has quickly achieved a great deal of success with installations in most fixed wing aircraft models, as well as many major helicopters including Bell, Agusta and Eurocopter models,” said Rob Higby, Avidyne’s Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.  “This ETSO approval now allows helicopter and fixed-wing operators throughout Europe to have access to this proven and capable MFD.”


Avidyne’s EX600 is a full-function MFD that is designed to enhance situational awareness and safety for pilots of general aviation airplanes and helicopters. 


Incorporating a 5.8-inch diagonal, 640x480 pixel (VGA) display, the EX600 features Avidyne’s renowned easy-to-use pilot interface.  With its innovative new Map Panning keys and exclusive QuickPan™ function, the EX600 dramatically improves a pilot’s ability to access and display critical flight data.  QuickPan allows the pilot to quickly toggle between the present position and a panned-to position–such as Destination airport–with a single button push.


All EX600s include the ability to display CMax™ electronic approach charts & over 6,000 worldwide airport diagrams at no additional charge, as well as support for European VFR Charts (aka Bottlang Airfield Manual)—covering over 2200 airports in 29 European countries.  CMax Charts provide an added measure of situational awareness during critical phases of flight and while taxiing, both domestically and internationally. Subscription services for CMax are available through Jeppesen. 


With interfaces to 20 different radar models, the EX600 is unmatched as a radar-replacement MFD, meaning it can act as a display replacement for many out-dated and un-repairable cathode ray tube (CRT) radar displays, while adding significant situational awareness and utility enhancements.


In addition, the EX600 provides the widest range of sensor interfaces available in a retrofit MFD including TAS600-Series Traffic Advisory capability and TWX670 Color Tactical Lightning Detection. With Avidyne’s unique MultiLink™ capability, the EX600 can display both broadcast datalink in the Continental U.S. (CONUS) through the MLB700 and worldwide datalink through the MLX770 datalink transceiver.  Optional TCAS I and TAWS/EGPWS/HTAWS interfaces are also available.


Pricing and Availability

Available now, EX600pricing starts at $9,990 for the standard MFD, including CMax™ Electronic Approach Charts, Worldwide Airport Diagrams, and standard interfaces for traffic and color lightning.


The EX600 MFD with Bendix RDR130/150/160/RDS81/82/82VP/84/84VP/86/86VP interface or Bendix/King RDR2000/2100 interface is $13,990.


The EX600 MFD with Collins WXR250/270/300 or Bendix RDR1100/1200/1300/1400 interface is $16,990.


Existing EX500 owners can get upgraded to an EX600 starting at only $6,495. Contact Avidyne for details.


Avidyne products, including the EX600, are distributed internationally by DAC International and must be installed by any of Avidyne’s worldwide network of Authorized Dealerships.


For information, international customers can contact DAC at +1 512.331.5323 in the USA or via e-mail at avidyne@dacint.com


High Resolution images of EX600 available at: http://www.avidyne.com/news/images.asp#ex600


About DAC International, Inc. (www.dacint.com)

A subsidiary of Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc., DAC International's headquarters is located in Austin, Texas. DAC offers avionics and test equipment solutions for corporate and general aviation, airline, special mission and military aircraft operators, modification centers and manufacturers worldwide.


About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)

Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and its Flying Made Simple™ system design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company’s expanding line of products include the industry-leading Entegra integrated flight deck  linefor new and existing aircraft, datalink-capable EX5000 and EX600 multi-function displays and the dual-antenna TAS600 series of active traffic advisory systems, the MLB700 broadcast datalink receiver, the MLX770 world-wide datalink transceiver, and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system. Headquartered in Lincoln, MA, the company has facilities in Columbus, OH, Melbourne, FL, and Boulder, CO.

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Avidyne Corporation
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