Avidyne has announced that graphical weather and two-way text messaging is now available for Latin America on its two-way datalink transceiver, the MLX770. Avidyne introduced the MLX770 earlier this year at EBACE and in July announced it would continue expanding coverage.
Adam Aircraft of Englewood, Colo., will equip the in-development Adam A500 piston twin with Avidyne’s FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck. Consisting of two 10.4-inch-diagonal, high-resolution displays as pilot and copilot primary flight displays, each side has its own integrated air-data and attitude-heading reference system (ADAHRS).
The DOT last month began a top-to-bottom audit of the FAA’s next-generation
In addition to announcing its selection of the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra for its two-seat Javelin “executive jet," Aviation Technology Group of Englewood, Colo., reported receiving letters of intent from three possible distributors on its way to convert from direct factory sales to a national distributor network. The company intends to have six distributors in the U.S. and one each in Canada and Mexico.
Nowhere is the boundary layer between piston airplanes and small business jets becoming less defined than in avionics. At Oshkosh, Avidyne of Lincoln, Mass., announced that both Adam Aircraft (for its A700 twinjet) and Advanced Technologies Group (for its tandem two-seat jet) have selected Avidyne’s FlightMax Entegra integrated avionics systems.
Aviation Technology Group selected Avidyne to supply its FlightMax Entegra integrated avionics system for the company’s Javelin, a tandem two-place very light business jet under development. In the Javelin, the Avidyne system will include two 10.4-inch screens in each of the fore and aft cockpits to display primary navigation, moving maps and datalink information.
As part of the FAA’s Nexcom initiative to develop next-generation digital datalink radios for general aviation, Avidyne last month announced it has successfully demonstrated a VHF datalink (VDL) Mode 3 radio at the FAA’s technical center in Atlantic City, N.J. Touted as the first-ever test of a commercial VDL-3 device, the demonstration was an important milestone for the FAA as it strives to create a radio network for the 21st century.
Competition for panel space and pilot eyeballs continues to intensify, with avionics manufacturers announcing more new products at EAA AirVenture this week in Oshkosh, Wis. Avidyne introduced the eight-inch PFD4000, a replacement for the “six-pack” instrument cluster with a high-resolution screen and remote sensors, keeping unit thickness to 3.5 inches. Shipments of the PFD4000 are slated to begin next year.
One of the more recent entrants into the market for integrated cockpit systems has emerged as the industry’s most prolific. Garmin has delivered nearly 5,000 of its G1000 integrated avionics systems for installation in a range of general aviation piston airplanes, turboprops and jets since introducing the glass cockpit five years ago.
Cirrus Design’s partnership with Garmin on a “high-end” cockpit upgrade for the SR22-G3 called Cirrus Perspective is turning out to be a hit with buyers, nearly all of whom are jumping at the chance to bring the optional avionics to their new airplanes.