Avidyne Press Release

Extra Aircraft Shows First EA-500 Aircraft with Avidyne Entegra Release 9 Avionics Suite

Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck chosen by Extra Aircraft as factory-standard avionics package for EA-500; Release 9 selected for its next-generation system architecture, single-pilot IFR FMS, and overall ease of use.

Lincoln, MA – Thursday, April 8, 2010 – 

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, and Extra Aircraft LLC today unveiled the Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck avionics suite for the Extra EA-500 aircraft.  Extra Aircraft was the first manufacturer to choose the innovative Entegra Release 9 suite as factory-standard equipment.

“We chose Avidyne for their innovation, overall ease of use, and truly-redundant system architecture,” said Walter Extra, founder of Extra Aircraft. “We are quite pleased with the progress we have made in integrating the Release 9 Flight Deck into the EA-500 aircraft.  Release 9 is a key differentiator for our high-performance aircraft.”

“Extra has been a terrific OEM partner and we are excited to have our Entegra Release 9 system as the flight deck on the EA-500,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s President and CEO. “Extra’s new high-performance business-class aircraft is a perfect match for the Release 9 system, which was designed specifically to make single-pilot IFR flying safer and easier.”

EA-500 the 1st customer delivery will take place at Aero Friedrichshafen  Additional announcements will be forthcoming.

About Entegra Release 9

Utilizing a fully-modular architecture, Entegra Release 9 represents the next generation of integrated flight deck systems for general aviation aircraft.  The Entegra Release9 system for the EA-500 includes three XGA-resolution IFD5000 displays, dual-redundant FMS900w systems with a QWERTY keypad, dual next-generation 16-watt, fully-digital VHF NAV/COM radios, and dual WAAS/RNP-capable GPS receivers. 

The system also includes dual PS Engineering PMA8000B audio panels, dual remote transponders, the Avidyne TWX670 for color lightning, and the Avidyne TAS610 for traffic alerting.

About Extra Aircraft LLC (www.extraaircraft.com)

Extra Aircraft is a premier aircraft manufacturing company headquartered in Hünxe, Germany. Founded in the 1980s by veteran aerobatic pilot Walter Extra, Extra Aircraft became a U.S.-owned company in 2003. The Extra product line includes six highly specialized models: the EA-200, EA-300L, EA-330LC, and EA-330SC aerobatic aircraft, as well as the EA-500, business and touring aircraft. For more information about the Extra lineup, go to www.ExtraAircraft.com or call (717) 394-9797.

About Avidyne Corporation

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 EX500 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.  More information on Entegra Release 9 is available at www.release9.com. Sign up to be an Avidyne Insider at  http://www.avidyne.com/landing/fms.asp

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Tom Harper
Avidyne Corporation
(781) 402-7400