Avidyne and Ryan Complete Merger

 - October 30, 2006, 10:03 AM

Avidyne and Ryan International last month announced the completion of a merger that folds Ryan’s traffic-surveillance products into the Avidyne avionics line. Under terms of the buyout agreement, Ryan’s 35 employees in Columbus, Ohio, are now Avidyne employees, and the division there becomes known as the Avidyne Safety Systems Group. Ryan founder and CEO Paul Ryan, 71, will serve for an undisclosed period of time as a consultant. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

An Avidyne spokesman said former Ryan products will be marketed under the Avidyne name, but they will retain Ryan nomenclature. For example, the Ryan 9900BX traffic advisory system (TAS) becomes the Avidyne 9900BX TAS with Ryan active surveillance technology. Based in Lincoln, Mass., Avidyne makes Entegra integrated cockpits and FlightMax multifunction displays. The privately held company has additional technology research groups in Melbourne, Fla., and Boulder, Colo.