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Avidyne and CMC Partner to Deliver Worldwide Satellite Datalink Weather on Electronic Flight Bag Displays

Esterline CMC’s Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) support worldwide weather, moving map, trip planning and text messaging with Avidyne MLX770 Iridium-based Datalink System.

Geneva – Tuesday, May 4, 2010 – 

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general and business aviation aircraft, announced today that they have partnered with Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) to deliver worldwide datalink graphical weather and text messaging using Avidyne’s MLX770 Iridium®-based datalink transceiver and CMC’s PilotView 8.4 inch CMA-1100 MkII and 10.4 inch CMA-1410 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) products. 

CMC EFBs,  interfaced with the Avidyne MLX770, can now have access to real-time graphical and textual weather and datalink radar.  The datalink weather products will be accessed from Avidyne’s network operations center.  Graphical radar data is presently available in Europe and Australia, as well as in North America.  Avidyne also provides worldwide Winds and Temps Aloft, Lightning, METARS/TAFS and Satellite Infra-Red. The hardware adds approximately four pounds to a CMC EFB installation and provides a wealth of all-weather capability, as well as text messaging and flight tracking ability.

“We are pleased to be partnered with CMC as we continue to grow our MLX product reach into the Part 25 market,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s Chief Operating Officer. “Pilots in this market will really appreciate the ability to access worldwide datalink weather right from their EFBs.”

“Adding EFB support for our MLX series of datalink transceivers is in line with our strategy to make our safety-enhancing products available to a wider market,” said Avidyne president Dan Schwinn. “Avidyne is all about making avionics that are simpler and easier to use, which equates to making flying safer, and this partnership extends our easy-to-use MFD pilot interface and our industry-leading safety sensor technology to business-class aircraft operators around the world.”

About PilotView EFBs

CMC’s PilotView® EFBs improve productivity by enabling pre-flight planning and efficient access to up-to-date aircraft documentation, checklists and flight planning information.  PilotView increases situational awareness in-flight with approach charts, en-route moving map display and graphical real-time weather information.  The PilotView EFB system is compact and lightweight, with a display/processor unit and aircraft interface unit that are to easy to install in a variety of cockpits where space is at a premium.  Over 25 STCs are available for the PilotView EFB on aircraft ranging from the Gulfstream GIV and GV to the Bombardier Global Express/5000/XRS.  PilotView is currently the only Class 2 EFB with factory forward-fit installation positions at aircraft OEMs.  It is offered as a standard option at Dassault and ATR, and has been selected by Rockwell Collins for the Bombardier Global platform, by Embraer for the E-170/190 and Legacy/Lineage programs, by Bombardier for the CRJ700/900/1000 and by Boeing for the Next-Generation B737 and BBJ aircraft.

About the MLX770

Utilizing Avidyne’s Network Operations Center (NOC) and the 66-satellite Iridium® constellation, the MLX770 datalink transceiver is approved to TSO C159 for “Avionics Supporting Next Generation Satellite Systems (NGSS),” opening up a new worldwide market for datalink weather display systems and services for general aviation aircraft.   The MLX770 is a single-channel Iridium transceiver that provides WSI’s industry-leading InFlight® weather data products outside North America for display on Avidyne’s Entegra EX5000 and EX500 and EX600 Multi-Function Displays (MFD), as well as on Electronic Flight Bags from CMC and other manufacturers.  The MLX770 is certified and flying now on aircraft around the world.

Standard weather products include worldwide graphical METARs, textual METARs and TAFs, Winds and Temps Aloft; Radar, lightning, and Satellite IR are offered as a Premium service. Additionally, the MLX770 and MLX780 provide convenient two-way text messaging between your airborne MFD/EFB and compatible ground-based SMS-capable mobile phones or e-mail addresses, allowing pilots to communicate with family and friends from their aircraft while in flight.

The compact MLX770 datalink transceiver weighs only 1.64 kgs (3.6 lbs.) and is contained in a 152mm x 280mm x 76mm (6.0”x11.0”x3.0”) box and can be mounted with or without the optional mounting tray.  The ANT77 Iridium patch antenna measures 88mm-diameter x 14mm high (3.5” dia x ¾”) and fits easily on virtually any general aviation aircraft or helicopter. 

Pricing and Availability

The MLX770 Two-Way Datalink Transceiver promotional price is $9,990 USD, and including antenna, PLUS two years (or 200 hours) of free weather data service.

Standard Worldwide Datalink Weather Service pricing starts as low as $50 USD per month for 10 hours of flying with the Basic Service plan.

For information, international customers can contact DAC International, Inc. via telephone at +1 512.331.5323 in the USA or via e-mail at avidyne@dacint.com

Contact CMC for pricing and availability of EFB products.

About CMC (www.cmcelectronics.ca)

Esterline CMC Electronics designs and produces leading technology electronics products for the commercial and military aviation markets. CMC’s focus is on delivering innovative cockpit systems integration and avionics solutions to its customers worldwide.  Its principal locations are in Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; and Chicago, Illinois.  CMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corporation (NYSE:ESL, www.esterline.com), a specialized aerospace and defence company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, that employs over 10,000 people worldwide.

About DAC International, Inc. (www.dacint.com)

DAC International, Inc. is the designated sales representative for all of Avidyne Corporation’s aftermarket business outside of the United States. DAC is an avionics sales and distribution company that specializes in the sale and distribution of sophisticated avionics products, systems and test equipment to the world's airlines, corporate aircraft, modification centers, aircraft manufacturers, special mission, and military markets.  In support of our clients, DAC's dedicated sales professionals offer a combined total of over 160-man-years experience serving these markets.  DAC has established 392 dealerships around the world for the sale and support of products we distribute.

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 systemsfor 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.

Editorial Contacts

Tom Harper
Avidyne Corporation
(781) 402-7400