NVG compatibility available on IFD550, IFD545, IFD540, and IFD510 FMS systems as
factory option, increasing safety and utility for helicopter operators flying missions
under Night Vision Goggles.

Melbourne, FL. – February 6, 2024 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of
integrated avionics systems, announced today that they have added Night Vision Goggle
(NVG) compatibility as a factory option for their IFD550, IFD545, IFD540, and IFD510
(IFD5-Series) FMS systems.


“The helicopter segment is a growing market for Avidyne, and we continue to add new
features to support our customers’ needs,” said Avidyne President, Dan Schwinn. “We
now offering NVG-compatibility, initially on our IFD5-Series with additional models to
follow.”


“NVG compatibility is just the latest of a whole host of helicopter-specific functions we
offer on Avidyne FMS systems—including helicopter approaches and helipad database,
powerline database, an easy-to-use ‘hybrid touch’ user interface with both touch screen
and knob-button control, radar altitude display, RS-170 video display, and wireless
connectivity—providing Search & Rescue pattern import from Foreflight®
,” said Ed
Paulsen, Avidyne’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development. “The Avidyne
IFD5-Series is an easy slide-in replacement option for customers with aging
GNS500/530-series navigators, and this NVG option adds significant utility and safety
enhancement for our helicopter customers.”


About NVG Compatibility
For helicopter operators whose missions require the use of night vision goggles, the
ability to switch to NVG lighting is critical. This NVG mode uses special LEDs that
change the spectral distribution of the backlighting—generally making reds and yellows
much less bright while not affecting greens and blues—giving pilots operating under
NVG the ability to view and operate the Avidyne FMS systems with optimal efficiency
and accuracy. During daylight and non-NVG night operation, the NVG lighting
function can be switched back to normal setting.


Pricing & Availability
NVG compatibility is a $3,600.00 MSRP option and is currently available for the
IFD550, IFD545, IFD540, and IFD510 (IFD5-Series), with other FMS models to follow.

Avidyne avionics systems can be purchased through authorized dealers and MROs.
A brief tutorial video on connecting to the IFD is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/4BSNB8ebP9M

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
Sr. Director, Marketing
tharper@avidyne.com
+1.781.402.7434

Steve Lawson

Avidyne Heli/Fleet Sales

slawson@avidyne.com

+1.614.439.1174

 

 

Melbourne, FL. – August 21, 2023 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of
integrated avionics systems, aircraft displays, and safety systems announced today that
Adventure Pilot of McKinney, Texas, has updated its highly-capable iFLY EFB
(Electronic Flight Bag) App to version12.2, providing full compatibility with Avidyne’s
IFD-Series FMS/GPS/ NAV/COMs.


The iFly EFB App allows pilots to easily share flight plans to and from the Avidyne IFD
navigators directly from their iOS or Android portable devices, streamlining the flight
preparation process for pilots, and ensuring data consistency between avionics systems.
In addition, WAAS GPS, ADS-B, and AHRS data streams automatically from the
Avidyne system, and seamlessly enhances the situational awareness and capabilities of
the iFly EFB app.


“This partnership between iFly and Avidyne is a testament to our commitment to
delivering exceptional user experiences for our mutual customers, and a step forward in
fostering greater harmony between avionics systems,” said Mike Salmon, Technical
Marketing Manager at Avidyne. “The ability to integrate with another fantastic EFB
solution like iFly EFB enhances the freedom of choice that Avidyne pilots are used to.”


“iFly EFB 12.2 represents a significant milestone for iFly as we continue to prioritize
safety and innovation in the aviation industry,” said Juanita Boyd, VP of Operations for
Adventure Pilot.

iFly EFB 12.2 is now available for download on the App Store and the Google Play
Store.
A brief tutorial video on connecting to the IFD is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/4BSNB8ebP9M

In addition to the iFly EFB, Avidyne IFDs are also compatible with other third-party
Apps including Foreflight®, AvPlan, Cloud Ahoy, SkyDemon, Oz Runways, and of
course Avidyne’s own IFD100 App.

About Adventure Pilot (www.iFlyEFB.com)
Adventure Pilot is a leading provider of electronic flight bag solutions, offering pilots
innovative tools to enhance situational awareness, streamline flight planning, and ensure a safe and efficient flight experience. Adventure Pilot’s commitment to excellence and
dedication to customer satisfaction have made it a trusted name among aviators
worldwide.

About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and product design gives pilots and their passengers a simply smarter way to fly. In addition to avionics solutions for the Advanced Air Mobility market, 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
Sr. Director, Marketing
tharper@avidyne.com
+1.781.402.7434

Juanita Boyd

VP, Operations

Adventure Pilot
anita@adventurepilot.com
+1.214.585.0444

 

Quantum provides AAM designers and avionics system integrators with a comprehensive suite of certified hardware, software, IP, and A.I.-enabled capabilities to easily create and customize functions to support their unique aircraft controls, propulsion, and systems.

MELBOURN, FL – June 08, 2023—Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, aircraft displays, and safety systems announced today their Quantum Open Avionics Platform, an innovative new concept in avionics. Quantum enables aircraft designers and system integrators to greatly accelerate the development of advanced avionics systems that meet the unique requirements of their aircraft and missions. The Quantum platform includes a full suite of customizable avionics hardware, software, AI processors, licensable IP, a development environment, and engineering services. Quantum positions Avidyne as the partner of choice for aircraft developers and systems integrators developing the next generation of alternative energy, distributed propulsion, and highly automated aircraft.

“Developing these innovative new technologies and their associated certification basis requires avionics solutions that enable customization, rapid prototyping, and iterative experimental flight testing, and Quantum leverages Avidyne’s broad portfolio of products and IP coupled with our nearly thirty years of engineering and certification experience to bring to market a certifiable avionics platform explicitly designed to address these requirements,” said Avidyne President Dan Schwinn. “The Quantum solution is the direct result of our experience with multiple SVO, remote operation, autonomy, and eVTOL developers, as well as our own experience integrating new systems into existing platforms.”

“The emerging ecosystem of next generation aircraft developers & integrators have unique requirements with respect to their avionics system architectures and their make versus buy strategies,” said Ed Paulsen, Avidyne’s Senior Vice President of Business Development. “Quantum’s open architecture and Avidyne’s unique business model provide our customers with an unprecedented level of flexibility in determining the best mix of off the shelf products, customized products, licensed IP, Avidyne engineering support, and internal customer developed functions. Quantum’s partitioned compute architecture, rich set of software & hardware interfaces, and certified IP libraries provide customers with an avionics platform that can be highly optimized and very cost effective for their aircraft and missions.”

A configuration of the Quantum avionics solution will be on display at the upcoming Paris Air Show on June 19-23, 2023 at Le Bourget Airport in France.

About Quantum (quantum.avidyne.com)
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The Quantum Open Avionics Platform consists of:

  • Broad portfolio of certified small, lightweight, and low power compute, display, navigation, sensors, communication, autopilot, surveillance, audio, and AI system components
  • Comprehensive suite of customizable or licensable TSO’d software functions including primary flight display, synthetic vision, maps/charts, flight management system, weather, traffic, TAWS/HTAWS, propulsion/energy, aircraft systems, CAS, and checklists.
  • Certifiable AI based processing and sensor platform that supports surveillance, navigation, taxi, and normal/emergency landing guidance.
  • Partitioned multi-core display & vehicle management compute platform running Avidyne’s ARINC653 hypervisor or third-party operating systems.
  • Customizable primary & multifunction multi-touch high resolution display sizes and bezel configurations.
  • Networked avionics architecture designed for operation over wired and wireless WiFi, BT, LTE, and SatCom data links.
  • Ground stations solutions based on certified avionics products and a robust networked architecture designed to function over variable latency & bandwidth data links.
  • Engineering services to support avionics hardware/software customization, integration, ground/flight test, and certification.

A Quantum Starter Kit is available for developers and systems integrators. The Quantum Starter Kit includes a complete VFR or IFR avionics configuration, standard electrical interfaces for aircraft specific systems, and a software development environment that enables the developers & systems integrators to rapidly protype and test aircraft specific software on the Quantum displays and vehicle/flight control computer systems. The Starter Kits are available with multiple Avidyne engineering support options.

About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and product design gives pilots and their passengers a simply smarter way to fly. In addition to avionics solutions for the Advanced Air Mobility market, 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
Sr. Director, Marketing
tharper@avidyne.com
+1.781.402.7434

Ed Paulsen
SVP, Business Development
epaulsen@avidyne.com
+1.321.751.8461

Avidyne selected as Associate Member of the Year by the Aircraft Electronics Association’s member Dealers and other Associate Members. This is the 2nd time Avidyne has won this industry honor.

MELBOURNE, FL – April 18, 2023—Avidyne Corporation of Melbourne, FL. announced today that they have been selected as AEA Associate Member of the Year and will be honored at the upcoming Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual Convention and Tradeshow on April 24th at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, FL. The award is presented each year to an Associate Member of the AEA from a vote of the entire AEA membership.

“Avidyne is pleased to have been selected by AEA’s member dealers and manufacturers as the Associate Member of the Year,” said John Talmadge, Avidyne’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales. “Avidyne joined the Aircraft Electronics Association in the early days of the company and we’ve made significant investments in support of our dealers, including our innovative Interactive Installation Manual, our web-based Dealer Portal, and our on-line dealer knowledge base, which we have designed to provide world-class support to our dealers. I believe our dealers really appreciated the significant investment that we made during COVID and the supply chain crisis so that we were always able to have product available during that difficult period.” “On behalf of all the folks at Avidyne in manufacturing, engineering, operations, finance, techs support, and sales, I want to thank the Association and all of the Dealers for this award, and for your continued support,” Talmadge added.

We would also like to express congratulations to Dewey Conroy of Pacific Coast Avionics–a top Avidyne dealer– who was voted AEA Member of the Year,” said Talmadge.

This is the 2nd time Avidyne has won this industry honor, having previously been awarded the honor in 2002.

About the Aircraft Electronics Association (www.aea.net)

Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in more than 40 countries, including approved maintenance organizations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of aircraft electronics systems in general aviation aircraft. The AEA membership also includes manufacturers of aircraft electronics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions.

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.

 

Media contacts:

Tom Harper – Avidyne

tharper@avidyne.com

+1.781.402.7434

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 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.

For High Resolution images, please visit: http://www2.avidyne.com/news/media.asp

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.

For more information on this please visit: http://www.avidyne.com/bizav.

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.

For High Resolution images please visit: http://www2.avidyne.com/news/media.asp.

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 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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