Avidyne Honored for Big-Glass Innovation by Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

Currently on display as part of the Thomas W. Haas We All Fly exhibit, Cirrus aircraft N266CD recognized for transformational innovation as first single-engine piston aircraft certified with an all-glass-panel flight deck, the Avidyne Entegra System.

Melbourne, FL. – January 25, 2022 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, and safety systems for general aviation announced that Avidyne Entegra Integrated Flight Deck System has been recognized by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. as part of the Thomas W. Haas We All Fly exhibit, in their display of a 2002 Cirrus SR22 aircraft.

The Cirrus SR22 aircraft on display –N266CD– was the first single-piston engine aircraft to be certified by the FAA with a computer-based “glass panel” avionics suite of integrated flight instruments, consisting of a PFD (Primary Flight Display) and a MFD (Multi-Function Display). The sophisticated Avidyne Entegra system was the first to popularize a wide horizon attitude indicator, datalink weather, electronic chart display, and assisted lean of peak operation. In addition, the Avidyne DFC90 autopilot, first certified on the Cirrus, was the first general aviation autopilot with envelope protection and unusual attitude recovery capabilities. The Smithsonian said “As such, N266CD marked a new era for general aviation aircraft capability, technology, and safety,”

“Having been at the forefront of general aviation’s technological revolution and specifically in the early days with Cirrus, we are humbled, honored, and very proud to be recognized by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for our contribution to the advancement of general aviation avionics technology and aviation safety,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s President and CEO.

The Thomas W. Haas We All Fly exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. celebrates the breadth and depth of general aviation and its deep impact on society. This gallery explores the many facets of general aviation, from sport to business to humanitarian, and introduces the variety of careers available in aviation. Aircraft featured in the gallery include the Aviation Specialties Unlimited Challenger III, Cirrus SR22, and the Lear Jet 23. (https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/cirrus-sr22/nasm_A20190436000)

 
About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)

Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and product design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company offers a full line of avionics systems for corporate, military, and owner-flown piston- and turbine-powered fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft. Headquartered in Melbourne, FL, the company has additional facilities in Westerville, OH, and Concord, MA.

For more information, contact:

Tom Harper
Avidyne Corporation
tharper@avidyne.com
+1.781.402.7434

Avidyne Announces LPV Upgrade For LearJet 55C With Dual Atlas Flight Management Systems

Dual Atlas FMS systems provide GPS Enroute and Approach Operations on Existing EFIS Displays, plus Synthetic Vision, Electronic Approach Charts & Airport Diagrams, Wireless Connectivity and more.

ORLANDO, FL – October 18, 2022– Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, and safety systems for general aviation and business aircraft announced a dual Avidyne Atlas Flight Management System upgrade for the LearJet 55C, providing fully-coupled GPS approach capability, including LPV, LP, LNAV/VNAV and LNAV-only, extending the useful life of these venerable aircraft without the need for costly replacement of the legacy EFIS86-L system.

“We are really excited to offer the dual Atlas FMS configuration on the LearJet 55C,” said John Talmadge, Avidyne’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales. “Atlas gives new life to these highly-capable airframes without the high cost of a full flight deck replacement, and giving operators a whole host of new capabilities—and most importantly opening up hundreds of airports and runway ends with GPS-based LPV Approaches.”

“Avidyne would like to extend appreciation to Terry Robertson and the team of Florida Jet Center, the area’s LearJet experts located at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), for all the support in helping bring this project to a successful close, said Bill Thompson, Avidyne’s Director of Business Aviation. “Part of this upgrade included reconfiguring the center pedestal making a more pilot-friendly interface by bringing EFIS mode select controls and FMS units forward.

“With more of these modifications in the pipeline, we at Avidyne are looking forward to the many exciting opportunities in the business aviation market. Look for more announcements in the near future,” Thompson added.

 

About Avidyne Atlas

The Avidyne Atlas FMS is a dzus-mount GPS/SBAS flight management system that meets TSO-C146c for full GPS SBAS/LPV approach guidance, including easy-to-use flight planning, ‘one-touch’ departure, airway, and arrival navigation, and Avidyne’s innovative GeoFill™ waypoint nomination. Each Atlas FMS features a full QWERTY-style keyboard along with touch-screen ‘hybrid touch’ user interface that provides easy map panning and rubber-band flight plan editing. Other features of the Atlas include integrated wireless connectivity to iPads for third-party Apps including Foreflight or Avidyne’s IFD100 App, 16w VHF comms, Jeppesen® Charts and Airport Diagrams, intuitive Flight Planning, Radar, Video, Fuel Flow, display of ADS-B In (FIS-B, TIS-B), Moving Map, Synthetic Vision, and many more pilot-configurable options.

Avidyne’s innovative GPS Legacy Avionics Support (GLAS™) technology provides a direct interface to legacy EFIS systems including Collins EFIS86-L, Proline 21, and Honeywell Primus systems for vertical guidance during approach operations. This unique integration capability enables EFISs certified before the availability of LPV approaches to have coupled approach guidance on these and other SBAS approaches.

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Pricing & Availability

The dual Avidyne Atlas FMS package for the LearJet 55C starts at $90,880 USD. Contact Bill Thompson at Avidyne for more details.

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About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)

Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and product design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company offers a full line of avionics systems for corporate, military, and owner-flown piston- and turbine-powered fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft. Headquartered in Melbourne, FL, the company has additional facilities in Westerville, OH, and Concord, MA.

Avidyne receives certification of AviOS10.3 Software for IFD/Atlas/Helios FMS Line

AviOS10.3 software adds new features for both fixed-wing and helicopter operators including Visual Approaches, VNAV, and certified TAWS option.

Melbourne, FL – August 31, 2022Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, and safety systems for general aviation and business aircraft announced today they have received certification of AviOS10.3 operating system software for their IFD Series of FMS/GPS/NAV/COMS and ATLAS/HELIOS FMS systems. AviOS10.3 has received Technical Standard Order Approval (TSOA) and Supplemental Type Certificate Approval (STC) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), allowing for immediate shipment on new units, as well as upgrades for the large installed base of existing Avidyne customers.  

“We have faced several challenges in getting AviOS10.3 to market, including of course, the global pandemic and supply chain crises, but Avidyne has continued to innovate, and we are pleased to bring these new capabilities to our current and future customers,” said Avidyne President and CEO, Dan Schwinn. “AviOS10.3 includes several significant new functions and features that will continue to keep our FMS line at the forefront in general and business aviation avionics.”  

“Customers will really appreciate the new features in AviOS10.3, including Visual Approaches, which provides stabilized guidance into any runway in the database, whether it has a published approach or not,” said John Talmadge, Avidyne’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales.  “In addition, our implementation of Visual Approaches allows pilots to select Straight In, Base, or Downwind entries, plus glideslope angle with intuitive operation.”

“We’ve also added several new features that are targeted primarily for helicopter operators including RADALT display, Power Line database, half-mile zoom range, and a 3 arc-second high-definition terrain database option,” Talmadge added.

 

About AviOS 10.3

AviOS10.3 adds many new features and enhancements to the FMS, the Map, user interface, and third-party interfaces.  It is also available as a field-loadable software upgrade that can be accomplished by any authorized Avidyne Dealer.  Key features of AviOS10.3 Software for IFD include:

  • Visual Approaches
  • VNAV (advisory on IFD5XX)
  • Support for Tandem/Remote VHF COM/NAV tuning in dual installations.
  • CDI scaling for Oceanic mode 
  • GI275 interface
  • Map Zoom down to 1/2 mile
  • Power Lines added to database
  • RADALT display (via 429)
  • RF Legs
  • Additional ADS-B weather products
  • Display of ADS-B traffic and weather from portable devices
  • Extended support for Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA)
  • Support for Twin Engine aircraft on Fuel Calc Page
  • Ability to import user waypoints from CSV file
  • Improved Wi-Fi configuration to ease integration with Stratus, Foreflight and other Wi-Fi connected devices.
  • Improved pilot Setup and configuration pages
  • Up to 10 User Profiles
  • Weight Calculator
  • Certified TAWS (option)
  • 3-arc second HD Terrain Data (option)

Pricing & Availability

AviOS10.3 software is shipping now with all new IFDs and ATLAS/HELIOS FMS units. For existing owners, AviOS10.3 is available as a field-loadable upgrade through authorized Avidyne dealers.  The AviOS10.3 software is available from Avidyne at no charge. Dealer installation labor is not included.  The TSO’d TAWS enablement for new IFD and ATLAS systems is a $7,999 option per aircraft and includes the higher resolution 3 arc-second terrain database.

About Avidyne Corporation (https://www.avidyne.com/)

Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and product design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company offers a full line of avionics systems for corporate, military, and owner-flown piston- and turbine-powered fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft. Headquartered in Melbourne, FL, the company has additional facilities in Westerville, OH, and Concord, MA.

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Avidyne teams with Jeppesen to support recreational aviation foundation expansion of nav databases for aviation GPS navigators

Through their combined efforts, many back-country, private-use, and unimproved airstrips are being added to the Jeppesen Nav Databases used in aviation GPS navigators, making these airstrips more accessible and safer for all pilots.

Melbourne, FL – February 09, 2022Avidyne Corporation has teamed with Jeppesen® and the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) to promote the inclusion of airstrip information of new and existing airstrips developed on private and public land in the Jeppesen Nav Databases used for aviation GPS systems.  

“The Recreational Aviation Foundation does some terrific work identifying, maintaining and driving funding for back-country, off-the-grid type airstrips on private and public-use land,” said Avidyne President, Dan Schwinn. “Adding more of those type of airstrips to the Jeppesen Nav databases of aviation GPS units makes it much easier for a larger number of private pilots across the country to gain access and enjoy the benefits and freedom of flying that we all cherish.”

“Our goal is to promote back country flying and to encourage more pilots to join us in the adventure of flight, and the aviation community is fortunate to have a friend like Avidyne who recognizes the value of these off-the-beaten-path aviation destinations,” said RAF Chairman, John McKenna. “Avidyne actively supports the RAF and we really appreciate their efforts working with Jeppesen to enhance the NAV databases so these not-so-mainstream kinds of places can find their way onto the screens of modern avionics.”

About the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) (http://www.theraf.org)

Recognized by the IRS as a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the RAF’s all-volunteer membership strives to promote recreational aviation, assist in funding of new airstrips on public land, develop educational materials, and to drive national recognition of backcountry flying and airstrips as legitimate use of public lands. Many of the issues that involve the RAF transcend state boundaries and encourages various state pilots’ organizations to form active committees that work on and protect recreational airstrip issues.

About Avidyne Corporation (https://www.avidyne.com/)

Avidyne Corporation is a market-leader in the design and manufacture of flight displays, communication, navigation, surveillance, and flight control avionics systems for piston-, turbine-, and electric powered fixed-wing and rotory-wing aircraft, serving the corporate, military, general aviation, and autonomous/remote-pilot advanced air mobility markets. Avidyne’s IFD 550, IFD540, and IFD440 are industry-leading IFD-capable FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems serving these markets. For more than 25 years, Avidyne has sustained a continuous track record of developing highly innovative, technologically advanced avionics systems that make flying easier, safer, more accessible, and more enjoyable. Avidyne’s Headquarters and Manufacturing are in Melbourne, FL, and the company has additional facilities in Columbus, OH, and Concord, MA.

 

Avidyne and Daedalean are previewing the innovative capabilities of PilotEye™ AI-based Vision System at AirVenture 2021

 

OSHKOSH, WI – July 26, 2021Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, flight displays, and safety systems for General Aviation and business aircraft, along with Switzerland-based Daedalean AG, the leader in certifiable AI software in aviation, are together developing, manufacturing, and certifying advanced-technology airborne systems for General Aviation, Special Mission, and Advanced Air Mobility markets, to be marketed as the Avidyne PilotEye™ Vision System.

 

“Through this symbiotic partnership, we are combining the industry-leading artificial intelligence neural network software and certification methodology pioneered by Daedalean, with the proven hardware design, manufacturing and certification expertise here at Avidyne,” said Avidyne President, Dan Schwinn.  “Leveraging advanced AI technologies, these solutions will initially include visual-spectrum camera-based systems for visual positioning and traffic detection, hazard avoidance, and landing guidance, as well as providing the data that pilots need for quicker and more-accurate land-anywhere decision-making assistance in the event of emergency.”

 

“Certification of safety-critical AI based systems is a paradigm shift in aviation,” said Luuk van Dijk, Daedalean’s Founder and CEO.  “We are excited to be partnered with Avidyne, who will certify, manufacture, and be the first provider in the aviation market of AI-based safety solutions powered by Daedalean AI software.”

 

“Together, we will be bringing new products to market that improve the pilot’s situational awareness and enable safe and successful completion of any given mission being flown, whether it’s fixed-wing, rotorcraft, Advanced Air Mobility, eVTOL, or larger autonomous drones,” van Dijk added.

 

About PilotEye™ & AI-based Technologies

Avidyne’s PilotEye—powered by Daedalean–is General Aviation’s first AI-based onboard pilot aid system, and it is the first product from the collaboration between Avidyne and Daedalean.  As the name implies, PilotEye serves as an additional set of eyes in the cockpit providing visual detection of airborne hazards, including non-cooperative traffic such as aircraft not equipped with ADS-B, drones, and birds.  See and avoid is a key capability for piloting and cooperative traffic equipment is not always operating or installed. Visual traffic detection thus still is the pilot’s responsibility. With the airspace being increasingly crowded with aircraft and very soon with drones of all sizes, human see and avoid capabilities reach their limit.  Neural network-based vision systems can continuously and accurately monitor all a broad field of view providing the pilot with a never-tired, never-distracted second set of eyes outside.

 

On-board, vision-based AI technologies:

  • provide pilot advisories for fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft and full autonomy for future aircraft
  • continuously scan the sky for traffic and other airborne hazards
  • identify suitable landing areas in the event of emergency
  • see far more than human eyes
  • are never distracted
  • provide dissimilar, redundant guidance source, enabling safe and autonomous operation
  • can be combined with other data sources and merged onto a single intuitive display

 

Avidyne and Daedalean will be making additional AI-based product announcements in coming months.  PilotEye pricing and availability will be made public later this year.

About Daedalean AG (https://daedalean.ai/)

Founded in 2016, Daedalean is building autonomous piloting software systems for civil aircraft of today and advanced aerial mobility of tomorrow. The company has 40+ people, including 8 PhDs and 7 pilots, with expertise from the fields of machine learning, robotics, computer vision, path planning as well as aviation-grade software engineering and certification, with offices in Switzerland and the European Union.

 

L3 NGT9000

Avidyne is a leading authorized reseller of L3Harris NGT-Series ADS-B products, and now adds L3Harris Standby Instruments and Business Aviation ADS‑B Transponders to their third-party product catalog.

 

OSHKOSH, WI  – July 26, 2021Avidyne Corporation announced that their authorized reseller relationship with L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:LHX) has been expanded to now include the ESI-500 and EFD-750 Standby Instruments, as well as the NXT‑600 Mode S ADS-B Out Transponders, in addition to their current offering for the Lynx® NGT-9000 ADS‑B In/Out transponder and display series.

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“L3Harris’ NGT Series transponders are premium ADS-B products that give us very attractive avionics package offerings when bundled with our IFD-Series FMS/ GPS/ NAV/ COMs,” said Avidyne President, Dan Schwinn. “We are excited to extend our relationship with L3Harris with these additional industry-leading products in our portfolio.”

 

“We have had a tremendous amount of success offering NGT/IFD bundles over the past year or so, and we welcome the opportunity to add these additional products to our catalog,” said John Talmadge, Vice President of Worldwide Sales. “By keeping a modest inventory of these products on hand, we can extend our premium level product offerings, manage lead times, and provide timely delivery for our dealers and customers.”

 

In addition to the Lynx panel- and remote-mounted ADS-B In/Out transponders, Avidyne now offers the L3Harris ESI-500 Standby Indicator Systems, which are specifically designed for Part 23 (Class I, II and III) airplanes as well as Part 27 helicopters, featuring 3.5-inch synthetic vision display and an AML-STC covering thousands of aircraft and 176 different Type Certificates.

 

The EFD-750 Electronic Flight Displays are advanced backup instruments designed specifically for turboprop, light jet and helicopter platforms. Compatible with existing digital navigational displays and GPS receivers, the EFD-750 is a configurable solution which provides pilots with a clear, high-resolution PFD-style view of airspeed, altitude, attitude and slip data.

 

NXT-600 Mode S Transponders, designed for helicopters and business jets, provide both standard and enhanced Mode S surveillance and ADS-B Out compliance, precise real-time fight data information and maximum reliability through built-in testing.

Pricing and Availability

The NGT-9000 Series, ESI-500 Series, EFD-750 Series and NXT-600 Series products are available through designated Avidyne Dealers.  Contact your nearby Avidyne Dealer for pricing and availability.

 

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Avidyne Vantage™ Flight Displays provide large-format glass retrofit solutions for General Aviation, and will initially be certified for Entegra-equipped Cirrus.

Melbourne, FL  – July 21, 2021Avidyne Corporation announced the new Avidyne Vantage™ Flight Display Systems today, and disclosed that their first Vantage certification program will be a dual 12-inch diagonal upgrade for legacy Cirrus aircraft with the Entegra Flight Deck. Avidyne Vantage features synthetic vision, hybrid touch user interface, dual-AHRS MFD reversion, and much more.

 

“We are incredibly excited to introduce Vantage as an innovative option for GA pilots seeking to update their flight decks,” said Avidyne President, Dan Schwinn. “We’ve challenged ourselves to provide large displays that are even easier to use than our earlier products, while being more capable and functional than anything we have done before. Eventually the Avidyne Vantage product line will include a wide range of display sizes and levels of functionality, and certification across a wide range of aircraft and associated legacy equipment. Vantage provides pilots with an uncluttered interface and beautiful design with powerful capabilities that dramatically enhance situational awareness and make flying safer and more enjoyable.”

 

“Avidyne Vantage will be launched into the retrofit market as an upgrade for Entegra-equipped Cirrus, where there are roughly 4,000 aircraft of late 2002-to-mid-2008 vintage,” said John Talmadge, Avidyne’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales.  “Cirrus owners upgrading to Vantage will enjoy the only option available for 12” touchscreen displays for any Cirrus and will include Avidyne’s unique hybrid touch interface and tight integration with Avidyne IFD-series navigators and DFC autopilot. They’ll also appreciate the upgrade from 10” to 12” size and higher resolution XGA displays, standard synthetic vision capability, and well as dual AHRS with MFD reversion and split-screen capability.”

 

“The Vantage upgrade for Cirrus aircraft will initially be certified with a dual IFD-series GPS/NAV/COMs and DFC90 autopilot configuration, and it will be compatible with all configurations of Cirrus engine instruments and other Cirrus factory installed equipment, without any requirement for costly unlocks or enablements,” Talmadge added.

 

About Avidyne Vantage™

Avidyne Vantage Flight Display Systems are designed for forward fit and retrofit applications in a variety of applications and display formats.  Vantage displays provide significant display size, brightness, and processor performance improvements over legacy systems while retaining the ease of use that is synonymous with the Avidyne brand. Vantage includes 3D Synthetic Vision display of nearby terrain, traffic, obstacles, airports, and flight plan overlay, plus a hybrid touch user interface that allows pilots to control the system with touch screen or dedicated knobs and buttons.

 

Avidyne’s first certification of Vantage displays will be as a retrofit for Cirrus aircraft equipped with the Entegra PFD and MFD flight deck. The Vantage PFD for the Cirrus will be very familiar to current Entegra owners in terms of ease and methods of operation, with a minimal transition learning curve. The Vantage MFD will provide full and split screen displays of Maps and Flight plans, Jeppesen Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams, multiple user configurations, editable datablocks, checklists, and will share much of the same operational user interface as the popular IFD550/540/440 FMS/ GPS/ NAV/ COM systems.  Avidyne Vantage will interface with existing engine instruments and SIU for engine instruments displayed on the Vantage MFD, or with newer DAUs that add primary engine instruments displayed on the Vantage PFD.

 

Pricing and Availability

Avidyne Vantage displays introductory price is $12,500 retail per display for existing Entegra-equipped Cirrus aircraft with Entegra core trade-in. The upgrade is expected in 2022 and reservations for those that wish to be among the first to upgrade are available.

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Avidyne SkyTrax200™ provides dual-band ADS-B Traffic and FIS-B Weather for Avidyne Displays; AML-STC provides approval for installation of the SkyTrax200 in over 600 models of certified aircraft.

MELBOURNE, FL. – June 22, 2021Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, and safety systems for general aviation and business aircraft, announced the receipt of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for the new SkyTrax200 Dual-Band ADS-B In receiver.

 

“Avidyne continues to develop ADS-B products for new and existing customers and the SkyTrax200 adds direct reception of 1090MHz targets which provides improved performance in US airspace compared with single-band systems relying on ADS-R, plus it gives aircraft owners around the world the ability to see nearby aircraft broadcasting 1090 ADS-B Out,” said John Talmadge, Avidyne’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales. “The vast majority of ADS-B Out equipped aircraft are using 1090MHz. And with our SkyTrax200 upgrade program, we are making it easy for our existing single-band Avidyne customers to upgrade to SkyTrax200 dual-band capability.”

 

The Avidyne SkyTrax200 includes dual-band (1090MHz and 978 MHz) ADS-B receivers that provide direct line-of-sight reception of ADS-B Traffic targets for use in airspace in the U.S. and around the globe.  SkyTrax200 is capable of receiving Flight Information System Broadcast (FIS-B) weather via 978MHz in US airspace where the FIS-B is available. The SkyTrax 200 is also capable of receiving the traffic output from an active traffic system such as the Avidyne SkyTrax600, TAS600 series, Ryan 9900BX, or a legacy SkywatchTM system, combining it with the ADS-B traffic directly received over either band and TIS-B traffic received from ATC, and presenting an integrated view of dual band ADS-B, TAS, and ATC radar traffic.

 

The Avidyne SkyTrax200’s weather and dual-band traffic can be displayed on Avidyne’s IFD-Series GPS/NAV/COMs including Avidyne EX500, EX600 or EX5000 Multi-Function displays (MFD) and Entegra R9 integrated flight deck systems. The SkyTrax200 supports standard Capstone and Arinc 429/735 interfaces and can also be interfaced with a wide variety of standards-based traffic displays. SkyTrax200 has been approved under new ASTM International standards process.

 

Pricing & Availability

The retail price of the SkyTrax200 is $2,499 and is available now.

 

Existing Avidyne customers with the single-band Avidyne SkyTrax100B receiver can have their units upgraded to SkyTrax200 dual-band capability. For a limited time, this software upgrade is being made available free of charge. Dealer labor to perform the upgrade is not included.

 

In addition, Avidyne customers with any other single-band ADS-B In receiver previously purchased through Avidyne can upgrade to the dual-band SkyTrax200 for $1,250 with trade-in of their single-band unit.  Dealer labor is not included.

 

Contact your Authorized Avidyne Dealer or pilotsupport@avidyne.com for more information.

 

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Avidyne Helios ‘multi-function FMS’ is designed to meet the rigorous demands of rotorcraft operators for corporate, military and special-mission operations, TSO approval clears the way for MROs to begin field-approved installations and STC programs.

 

Melbourne, Florida – May 18, 2021Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, and safety systems for general aviation, business aircraft, and helicopters, announced receipt of Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for their dzus-mounted Avidyne Helios™ multifunction flight management system (FMS) for Helicopters.

“Avidyne Helios provides huge benefits for many helicopter operators and getting TSO approval is just the next step for Avidyne as we continue our growth into the turbine-class helicopter market,” said Avidyne CEO Dan Schwinn.

“Avidyne Helios gives our customers a powerful new option when upgrading their GPS/FMS navigation capabilities, especially for single- and twin-turbine-class helicopter operators with older-generation EFIS displays where options have been limited,” said John Talmadge, Avidyne’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales.  “This TSO approval allows MRO facilities to begin their own Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) programs and field-approved installations into rotor-wing aircraft.”

 

About Avidyne Helios™

The Avidyne Helios is a dzus-mount flight management system that meets TSO-C146c for full SBAS/LPV approach guidance, and is an approved GPS position source for ADS-B.  Avidyne Helios features easy-to-use flight planning, one-touch departure, airway, and arrival navigation, and Avidyne’s patented GeoFill™ waypoint nomination.  Avidyne Helios features a full QWERTY-style dedicated keyboard along with touch-screen hybrid touch user interface that provides easy map panning and flight plan editing.  Its extensive I/O is designed to integrate with existing equipment in the aircraft including a long list of EFIS, PFDs, CDIs, HSIs, remote sensors, and autopilots, and it is also an approved ADS-B GPS position source with numerous transponders.  Avidyne’s GPS Legacy Avionics Support (GLAS™) provides a direct interface to legacy Collins Proline 21 and Honeywell Primus EFIS systems for vertical guidance during approach operations. This unique integration capability enables EFISs certified before the availability of LPV approaches to have coupled approach guidance on these and other SBAS approaches.

 

The Avidyne Helios boasts a variety of features not found in any other FMS system, such as:

  • Hybrid touch-screen user interface incorporating a full set of buttons and knobs as well as touch screen operation for virtually all functions.
  • Moving map with extensive airspace, terrain, navaid, and airport display capability
  • Display of XM or ADS-B weather with full graphics as an overlay on the map
  • Traffic display from TCAS, TAS, or ADS-B
  • Display of Jeppesen™ Electronic Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams including Heliports.
  • Integrated WiFi & Bluetooth connectivity
  • Avidyne GLAS™ technology
  • Integration with ForeFlight® and a host of other third-party EFB Apps
  • Spill-proof keyboard and built-in USB charger
  • Optional NVIS compatibility
  • Optional integrated 16-Watt VHF COM, VOR, localizer and glide slope radio
  • Optional radar display for Bendix King digital radars
  • Optional integrated HTAWS with Power Line Database
  • Optional RS-170 video display capability

 

The self-contained unit is 7.5” tall, 5.75” wide, and 10.615” deep and is form-factor compatible with a host of legacy FMS systems.

 

For more information please visit: www.avidyne.com.

 

Pricing &Availability

Introductory pricing on Avidyne Helios™ starts at $23,999.  Helios with optional 16-watt VHF COM/NAV/ILS is $29,999.  Contact Avidyne for pricing of additional options, including HTAWS, NVIZ, Radar, Video, GLAS, and Gray Bezel.

 

About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and product design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company offers a full line of avionics systems including dzus-mounted Atlas™ and Helios™ FMS systems, the panel-mounted IFD-Series FMS/ GPS/ NAV/ COMs, AMX240 audio panel, and DFC90 digital flight control systems. With a complete range of SkyTrax ADS-B solutions and SkyTrax600 ADS-B/Active Traffic systems, Avidyne provides complete support for the worldwide NextGen ATC surveillance upgrade. Headquartered in Melbourne, FL, the company has additional facilities in Columbus, OH, and Concord, MA.

 

 

Avidyne has certified the Atlas multifunction flight management system in the Cessna Citation 560XL, Excel and XLS models. The easy-to-use Avidyne Atlas™ touch screen navigator provides a full-color display of moving map, weather, traffic, approach charts & airport diagrams, integrated wireless connectivity, and extensive I/O including Avidyne’s unique GLAS technology for seamless integration with a wide-range of EFIS systems for SBAS/LPV approach capability. 

 
Melbourne, Florida  – May 10, 2021 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, and safety systems for general aviation and business aircraft, announced receipt of Technical Standard Order (TSO) and Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for installation of their dzus-mounted Avidyne Atlas multifunction flight management system (FMS) in Cessna Citation 560XL, Excel, and XLS models. TSO approval also allows MRO facilities to begin performing their own STCs and installations in turbine-class aircraft.

 

“Certification of the Avidyne Atlas is a huge step forward in FMS capability for turbine-class aircraft, and a big leap forward for our company as we continue our growth into the turbine markets,” said Avidyne CEO Dan Schwinn. “We’ve targeted Atlas as an FMS replacement specifically for console-equipped jet operators to provide a highly-capable navigation and flight management solution that pilots will find incredibly easy to use.”

 

“Avidyne Atlas gives our customers a powerful new option when upgrading their GPS/FMS navigation capabilities, especially in turbine-class aircraft with older-generation EFIS displays where options have been limited,” said John Talmadge, Avidyne’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales.

 

“We have been working closely with several key MRO partners to identify platforms for additional Atlas STCs which will be forthcoming,” added Dan Reida, Avidyne’s Director of Business Aviation.

 

About Avidyne Atlas™

The Avidyne Atlas flight management system is a dzus-mount GPS/SBAS flight management system that meets TSO-C146c for full SBAS/LPV approach guidance, and is an approved GPS position source for ADS-B.  Avidyne Atlas features easy-to-use flight planning, one-touch departure, airway, and arrival navigation, and Avidyne’s patented GeoFill™ waypoint nomination.  The Avidyne Atlas features a full QWERTY-style keyboard along with touch-screen hybrid touch user interface that provides easy map panning and rubber-band flight plan editing.  Its extensive I/O is designed to integrate with existing equipment in the aircraft including a long list of EFIS, PFDs, CDIs, HSIs, remote sensors, and autopilots, and it is also an approved ADS-B GPS position source with numerous transponders.  Avidyne’s GPS Legacy Avionics Support (GLAS™) provides a direct interface to legacy Collins Proline 21 and Honeywell Primus EFIS systems for vertical guidance during approach operations. This unique integration capability enables EFISs certified before the availability of LPV approaches to have coupled approach guidance on these and other SBAS approaches.

 

The Avidyne Atlas boasts a variety of features not found in any other FMS system, such as:

  • Hybrid touch-screen user interface incorporating a full set of buttons and knobs as well as touch screen operation for virtually all functions.
  • Moving map with extensive airspace, terrain, navaid, and airport display capability
  • Display of XM or ADS-B weather with full graphics as an overlay on the map
  • Traffic display from TCAS, TAS, or ADS-B
  • Display of Jeppesen™ Electronic Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams with aircraft position overlay
  • Integrated WiFi & Bluetooth connectivity
  • Avidyne GLAS™ technology
  • Integration with ForeFlight® and a host of other EFBs
  • Spill-proof keyboard and built-in USB charger
  • Optional integrated 16-Watt VHF COM, VOR, localizer and glide slope radio
  • Optional radar display for Bendix King digital radars
  • Optional integrated TAWS-B
  • Optional RS-170 video display capability

 

The self-contained unit is 7.5” tall, 5.75” wide, and 10.615” deep and is form-factor compatible with a host of legacy FMS systems.

 

For more information please visit: www.avidyne.com.

 

Pricing &Availability

Introductory pricing on the Avidyne Atlas system starts at $44,999 USD.  The initial certification of the Avidyne Atlas covers the Cessna Citation 560XL, Excel and XLS models, with STCs by Avidyne and MRO partners on additional Part 25 and Part 23 aircraft models to follow. Avidyne’s STC is available through its MRO partners at no additional cost with the purchase of Atlas systems.

 

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