Avidyne Press Release

Avidyne Announces Innovative "FMS Preview" Capability for Entegra Release 9

Release 9 enhancement provides a real-time graphical depiction of each proposed modification to the flight plan prior to selection; FMS Preview™ makes it easy to visualize and select a desired airway, transition, approach, or initial approach fix.

Lincoln, MA – Thursday, April 8, 2010 – 

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, today announced an innovative new feature called “FMS Preview” for their award-winning Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck (R9) avionics system. 

As the name suggests, FMS Preview allows pilots to see a graphical presentation on the split-screen map as they scroll through the list of available departures, airways, transitions, and approach procedures in the R9 Flight Management System (FMS).  FMS Preview will be available as part of the upcoming Entegra Release 9.1 software that is targeted for certification later in the second quarter of 2010.

FMS Preview also includes an innovative “FMS Centered” view that centers the map on any selected waypoint in the flight plan.  This feature enables pilots to scroll through the flight plan and view the entire route of flight at a single range setting on the map, to get a better idea of the weather along the route.  FMS Centered view takes in-flight strategic planning to a whole new level.      

“The ability to view datalink weather all along your route is a tremendous benefit of FMS Preview,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s Chief Operating Officer.  “Not only can pilots be sure they are choosing the correct procedure, they can also see the procedure relative to datalink weather on the map, to ensure they are choosing the best route or best approach for the current weather conditions.”

“FMS Preview makes selecting airways and approaches with R9 even easier, and is another example of Avidyne’s commitment to ease of use and our ‘Flying Made Simple’ philosophy,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s President and CEO.  “Entegra Release 9 is designed to make single-pilot IFR flying safer and easier, and the FMS Preview feature increases safety by enabling pilots to preview any changes to the flight plan, thereby ensuring they are selecting exactly what they want.”

Pricing and Availability

FMS Preview is a new feature included with the upcoming Entegra Release 9.1 software that is targeted for certification later in the second quarter of 2010.

Release 9.1 software is field-loadable by Avidyne-authorized distributors and will be made available to all current Entegra Release 9 owners at no charge. Nominal installation charges may apply.

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, and upgrade programs have been announced for Piper PA-46 and PA-32 aircraft.

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
(781) 402-7400