Avidyne Press Release

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Avidyne Unveils Synthetic Vision as Part of Software Upgrade for Entegra Release 9

Synthetic Vision (SVS) presents a three-dimensional, out-the-window view of terrain, obstacles, and traffic on Entegra Release 9 displays; Software upgrade (v 9.3) also adds support for three-display configuration and on-board weather radar.

Oshkosh, WI – Monday, July 25, 2011 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider
of integrated avionics and
safety systems for general aviation aircraft,
today unveiled their soon-to-be-certified v9.3 software upgrade—including their
innovative implementation of Synthetic Vision technology (SVS)—for  the
award-winning Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck (R9) system.  The
v9.3 software release, which is expected to receive final FAA certification
later this year, also provides support for three-screen R9 installations and
on-board weather radar.


 “Synthetic Vision provides a new level of situational awareness for
our R9 customers, and we have included some innovative features that make this
truly compelling and intuitive,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s Chief Operating
Officer. “SVS also gives pilots and passengers additional peace of mind by
clearly displaying nearby hazards—including terrain, obstacles, and traffic—in
a highly-accurate, full-color 3D presentation, with dynamically-computed visual
and aural alerts for added safety.”


“Customers will find our SVS second to none in terms innovative features that
are easy to use and that dramatically enhance situational awareness,” said
Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s President and CEO. “Forward Looking Terrain Alerting
and an adjustable Field of View are great examples of how Avidyne has designed
a synthetic vision system that is truly compelling and that R9 pilots will
not want to fly without.”


About v9.3 and SVS

Avidyne’s SVS provides a graphical presentation of three-dimensional terrain
and water, obstacles, and traffic, and includes the addition of a Total Velocity
Vector (TVV) on the primary flight display. The TVV provides a visual representation
of the aircraft flight path, indicating where the airplane is going and not
necessarily where the aircraft is pointing.  METAR-colored flags make
it easy to locate airports in the 3D scene, and based on the approach you
have entered in the FMS, the selected runway at your destination airport
is highlighted for additional clarity and ease of identification.


Avidyne’s SVS has an innovative selectable horizontal field of view (FOV),
which provides pilots with the ability to adjust the 3D zoom setting of the
terrain presentation on the display. The default field of view is 45 degrees
for normal flight.  However, a wide-angle 120-degree field of view setting
provides more ‘peripheral vision’ when maneuvering in mountainous areas, while
the 20-degree close-in view might be used to zoom in on a distant airport,
allowing you to actually verify a runway heading from a greater distance away.    


SVS also provides color-coded Terrain Awareness that displays yellow and red
hashed-patterns overlaid on the terrain display correlating with terrain that
is 101 to 500 below your current altitude (yellow) and terrain that is 100
feet below to anything above your current altitude (red).   Avidyne’s
unique Forward Looking Terrain Alerting (FLTA) feature provides an extra measure
of safety by dynamically displaying a solid yellow or red impact point based
on the projected flight path.


Version 9.3 software also supports cockpit configurations with three-displays
and on-board weather radar.  Entegra Release 9 was designed with
a versatile peer-to-peer data bus architecture that easily enables expansion
of cockpit configurations of two, three, or more integrated flight displays
(IFDs), while allowing each display to have full access to all of the data
of the others. In a three-IFD system, like Avidyne is certifying for the Piper
Meridian, each IFD can display on-board weather radar and SVS simultaneously,
just as they all have access to other important information like datalink weather,
checklists, and engine instrumentation. 


“R9’s redundancy and safety benefits are unmatched in the industry,” Schwinn
added.


Pricing and Availability

Existing owners of Entegra Release 9-equipped Cirrus SR20/SR22 and
Piper Matrix aircraft will receive v9.3 software and the Synthetic Vision upgrade
free of charge.For new installation of Entegra Release 9, the Synthetic
Vision option can be enabled for an additional $5,000 per display.


Version 9.3 software and SVS will be approved later this year, and will also
add the Piper PA-46 Mirage and Meridian models to the growing list of Entegra Release
9-approved aircraft.


Entegra Release 9 with dual IFD5000 displays and dual ADAHRS for
retrofit into Entegra-equipped Cirrus aircraft starts at $69,000,
and starting at $72,800 for Mirage & PA-32 aircraft. Avidyne is now accepting
deposits for Entegra Release 9 and DFC100 autopilot of Piper PA-32 aircraft.
(See companion release.)


Entegra Release 9 with three IFD5000 displays and dual ADAHRS radar
interface, and piston engine interface for retrofit into Entegra-equipped
Mirage aircraft starts $100,000.


Entegra Release 9 with three IFD5000 displays and dual ADAHRS radar
interface, and turbine engine interface for retrofit into Entegra-equipped
Meridian aircraft starts $125,000.


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 also includes
the industry-leading Entegra
integrated flight deck
 
linefor new and existing aircraft, DFC90 and DFC100 digital
flight control systems, datalink-capable EX600 multi-function
displays, the 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 Westerville, OH, Melbourne, FL,
and Boulder, CO.

Editorial Contacts

Tom Harper
Avidyne Corporation
(781) 402-7400
tharper@avidyne.com
www.avidyne.com