Avidyne last month began shipping the first production versions of the MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver after receiving FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval earlier in the month. The MLX770 is intended to bring “affordable and comprehensive worldwide datalink weather services” to the general aviation market. Avidyne is targeting the product at a large installed base of Avidyne-equipped aircraft flying outside North America, including hundreds of EX500-equipped aircraft and the more than 750 Entegra-equipped Cirrus SR20s and SR22s and Piper PA-46s based in Europe.
“There is a huge installed base of Avidyne Entegra-equipped Cirrus aircraft here in Europe and we are delighted to be able to offer this as an upgrade for all of our Cirrus customers,” said Alec Vincent of installer RGV Aviation in Gloucestershire, England. “We are working closely with Avidyne on the certification efforts and already have a large number of aircraft booked for installation.” The MLX770 transmits weather data globally using the Iridium satellite network. Price for the MLX770 transceiver is around $12,000.