Avidyne Press Release

Avidyne's Entegra Release 9 Selected by Western Michigan University College of Aviation

WMU building their curriculum around Entegra Release 9 as training platform for students who intend to be professional pilots

Lincoln, MA – Monday, January 25, 2010 – 

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced today that, along with Brown Aviation Lease, they have extended their partnership with Western Michigan University (WMU) with the selection of Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck avionics system for WMUs fleet of Cirrus SR20 aircraft. 

Through Brown’s Operating Lease Solution, WMU’s fleet of 26 Cirrus aircraft will be outfitted with Entegra Release 9, comprising dual high-resolution IFD5000 Integrated Flight Displays, WAAS-capable FMS900w Flight Management Systems (FMS), 16-watt all-digital VHF radios, and MLB700 SIRIUS/XM for broadcast datalink weather. 

“We have been flying with Avidyne’s Entegra systems on our fleet of Cirrus aircraft for the past five years and we really appreciate the ease of use and safety the system provides,” said Captain David Powell, Dean of the WMU’s College of Aviation. “When it came time to upgrade our fleet, we looked at all our options, and we found that Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck System is simply the best one on the market. We are fully committed to Avidyne, and Release 9’s fantastic FMS capabilities make it especially valuable for training tomorrow’s corporate and air transport pilots.”

 “WMU has one of the nation’s premier aviation schools and we are delighted to continue our relationship as their avionics provider of choice,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s President and CEO. “Entegra Release 9, which is designed to make single-pilot IFR flying safer and easier, also makes a terrific training platform for the next generation of professional pilots.”

“We are excited to be partnered with WMU and Avidyne to deliver the Entegra Release 9 upgrade program,” said Jason Griswold, Managing Director of Brown Aviation Lease. “This partnership fits perfectly with our overall strategy of enabling top-tier University and independent flight schools and fleet operators to have access to state-of-the-art aircraft and avionics systems, improving the overall performance, safety and utility of their fleets, and optimizing their ability to attract new students while preserving their operating capital.”

Preparing students for commercial aircraft

According to WMU's Powell, while the University is using general aviation aircraft to train future commercial pilots, his college's goal is to ensure students make a quick and seamless transition to the more complex electronic navigation and communication equipment that are standard in aircraft operated by commercial air carriers.

"We try to equip our general aviation Cirrus fleet so that they are configured as much as possible like the commercial cockpits our students will use in the future as professional carrier pilots," Powell says. "Avidyne's suite puts our students as close as the marketplace allows. It features the kind of keyboard display unit and nomenclature used in the airline industry. Our students go on and report back to us that they are far ahead of other new hires when it's time for them to make the transition to transport category aircraft. They feel right at home in the commercial environment."

About Entegra Release 9 (www.release9.com)

Utilizing a fully-modular architecture, Entegra Release 9 represents the next generation of integrated flight deck systems for general aviation aircraft.  The Entegra Release 9 system includes dual XGA-resolution IFD5000 displays, dual-redundant FMS900w systems with a QWERTY keypad, next-generation fully-digital VHF NAV/COM radios, and dual WAAS/RNP-capable GPS receivers. 

In addition, Entegra Release 9 provides a new level of communication between the FMS/NAV system and the autopilot, greatly reducing pilot workload in critical phases of flight.  Once coupled, the FMS automatically switches the autopilot modes during transitions from en route to approach phases of flight, reducing pilot workload and eliminating ‘mode confusion’ associated with other systems.   Entegra Release 9 is currently available as a certified retrofit upgrade for existing Entegra-equipped Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft.

About Western Michigan University (www.wmich.edu/)

Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of nearly 25,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its growing graduate division and fostering significant research activities.  WMU provides all the advantages of an undergraduate education at a major student-centered research University that is one of the top 100 public universities in the nation. Prepare for careers in aviation with a revolutionary new curriculum built around the skills the airline industry knows its future employees should have. You'll also get practical training using the nation's finest aviation facilities. 

About Brown Aviation Lease (www.brownaviationlease.com)

Brown Aviation Lease is a full service lessor delivering specialized products for the training industry through the operating lease structure including aircraft logistics and flight data management programs, fleet support products and more.  Brown was founded and currently financed by former owners and management of Alex. Brown and Sons, an eight-generation “old-style” merchant bank. Since 1801, Alex. Brown and Sons took a leading role in establishing America’s infrastructure through capital, partnerships and deep personal relationships with clients. Most notably, Alex. Brown and Sons lead the establishment of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad which become the backbone to America’s transportation system. In 1997, the bank was sold to Banker's Trust for $1.64 billion. Today, Brown Aviation Lease, LLC continues the firm’s legacy through its part in building the infrastructure necessary to train the world’s elite pilots.

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 systems for 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.

Editorial Contacts

Tom Harper
Avidyne Corporation
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