Helicopter Aviation

Dependability, safety and ease-of-use are essential helicopter flight requirements and in times of turbulence, instability or inclement weather, touchscreens can be cumbersome and difficult to manage. For a helicopter pilot, that matters and is why all Avidyne Navigators are robustly designed for maximum performance and simplicity.

To download the Approved Model list for Part 27 aircraft click here. Multiple other installs completed with field approvals.

Integrated Flight Deck for Helicopters

The new Helix Integrated Flight Deck is designed to replace your existing panel of instruments, navigators, and VHF radios, and is fully configurable for single- and dual-pilot operation with two-screen, three-screen, or four-screen configuration. The all-digital Helix Flight Deck improves dispatchability, accuracy and dependability, with dual-redundant smart Display Units and dual Flight Management systems with SBAS/LPV capability for full reversionary capability, that keeps you flying safely and reliably.

IS&S Versatile Large-Format Flat-Panel Displays

Flexible Display Options: Helix provides a clean and unobstructed panel by replacing a multitude of existing round-dial instruments and legacy EFIS displays, including federated EADI and EHSI displays, altimeter, airspeed, and vertical speed indicators, dramatically reducing LRU count and providing logistical savings. Enhanced Readability and Usability: Helix’s smart Display Units have high-resolution AMLCD with exceptional cross-cockpit viewing angle and sunlight readability, incorporating intuitive bezel-mounted button-and-knob controls as the Pilot and Co-Pilot’s main interface to the system. Because they are smart DUs, they eliminate the need for remote-mounted Symbol Generators typically found in legacy EFIS systems. Versatile & Interchangeable: Helix smart DUs are identical units that are ‘pin strapped’ for location information and functionality.

Avidyne Helios Dzus-Mount Flight Management Systems

Next Generation FMS Helix Flight Deck seamlessly integrates dual next-generation flight management systems, incorporating significant technology benefits for helicopter operations. From it’s full QWERTY-style dedicated keyboard to its hybrid touch-screen ‘Page & Tab’ user interface, flight planning has never been easier. And its shallow menu systems lets pilots access any screen in the system in only one or two button pushes, dramatically reducing heads down time. Unlike traditional text-only FMS displays, Helix FMS systems provide large, full-color moving map display with pilot-selectable overlays of NAVAIDS, Intersections, Airways, plus ADS-B or on-board weather and traffic. Flight Planning Made Easy: Entering and editing Flight Plans has never been easier than with the Helix FMS. Easy-to-use flight planning provides ‘one-touch’ airway navigation, and GeoFill™ waypoint nomination. Easy clearance-language flight plan entry ‒ including SIDS and STARS, Helicopter Approaches, Procedure Previews, one-touch Holds, and rubber-band flight plan editing ‒ combine to reduce workload and heads-down time. Dynamic HTAWS and Synthetic Vision give pilots 3D color-contoured terrain visual and audible alerting, for a clear indication of nearby terrain hazards in real time.

Electronic Charts

HELIX provides large-format display of geo-reference Jeppesen Electronic Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams with own-ship and flight plan overlay.


Helix’s smart DUs accept standard video from on-board devices such IR sensors and video cameras without the need for dedicated displays.

Ipad Wireless Connectivity

Integrated Wireless connectivity allows pilots to transfer flight plans–including SAR patterns– from third-party tablet Apps including ForeFlight® and also to use the innovative IFD100 App on the same iPad.

vhf nav/com

Optional VHF NAV/COM radio provides powerful 16-watt communication with frequency nomination and station identification, plus fully-automated VLOC/ILS functionality.

Designed for

Helicopter Owners and Operators

Avidyne’s IFD Series is engineered to make your flying economical, simpler and safer.
The IFD Series keeps you flying, reducing expenses with chassis designs that allow direct, slide-in replacement of old GNS units, are easy to install, and upgrade with a plug-n-play interoperability. Avidyne IFDs make your flight time easier with brilliant, easy-to-use touchscreens and, in times of turbulence, include the ability to control every function of their IFD series with knobs and buttons instead of the touchscreen.

Looking out the windscreen is great but what if you could see… more? The IFD series includes Avidyne’s Synthetic Vision – a 3D display of your flight path, nearby traffic and terrain. The integrated Terrain and Obstacle Alerting provides visual and audible safety and situational awareness, plus utilizes Avidyne’s TAS-A Traffic Advisory Systems (TAS) for both visual and audible alerts of a potential traffic conflict.

Avidyne Helios™

Avidyne Helios™ is an SBAS flight management system designed to withstand the demands of helicopter flight. A multifunction flight management system, Helios™ combines GPS and MFD capabilities in a single unit with VHF NAV/COM.
Avidyne Helios™ includes a multi-function touchscreen with knobs and buttons, QWERTY keyboard, SBAS/GPS navigation, full Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and Area Navigation (RNAV) capability, Localizer Performance with Vertical (LPV), Lateral Navigation/Vertical Navigation (LNAV/VNAV), LNAV-Only, and Approach Procedures with Vertical (APV) approach modes, a full-color moving map and more.


Traffic Advisory Systems (TAS) with ADS-B or Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, is a system where aircraft broadcast their GPS position along with other information like heading, ground track, ground speed, altitude. Avidyne IFD series receive this information from other nearby aircraft and that information is displayed on the IFD multi-function display (MFD).
ADS-B information improves flight safety by making you aware of aircraft that could pose a threat before they are noticed visually with improved situational awareness and traffic avoidance.

IFD Series Trainer

You wouldn’t buy an aircraft before a test flight would you? That’s just one of the reasons Avidyne created the IFD Trainer.*

Now you can virtually “take a flight”, introduce yourself to the interface, and experience all the technology Avidyne built into the IFD series. Experience the Hybrid touchscreen and the knobs and buttons.

*Only available for iPad


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