The annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show is a showcase for avionics dealers, the people who sell, install and repair the products that fill the cockpits and cabins of all types of aircraft. And as such, the avionics manufacturers at the AEA event are laser-focused on showing how their products will benefit the end user.
Avidyne has received approval from Brazil’s Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil (ANAC) for retrofit installation of the DFC90 autopilot in Brazilian-registered Entegra-equipped Cirrus aircraft. The DFC90 is an attitude-based digital autopilot system designed as a slide-in replacement for the S-Tec 55X autopilot in existing Entegra-equipped Cirrus SR20s and SR22s.
Avidyne is setting its sights on the lower echelon of the turbine business airplane market as part of a strategy by the Massachusetts avionics manufacturer to broaden the audience for its new Entegra R9 glass cockpit, introduced in the Cirrus SR22 and SR20 piston singles in April last year.
Vista Aviation of Pacoima, Calif., has completed the first helicopter installation of the Avidyne EX600 multifunction display (MFD). The installation was completed in a Eurocopter AStar AS350B and approved under an FAA Form 337. “We have installed quite a few Avidyne MFDs and we were excited about being the first dealer to install an EX600 into a helicopter,” said Bill DeBarmore, Vista Aviation’s avionics manager.
The First Avidyne EX600 multifunction display (MFD) has been mounted in a helicopter. Vista Aviation in Pacoima, Calif., installed the unit in a Eurocopter AS350B under FAA Form 337. The installation included a traffic advisory system, color tactical lightning and a two-way datalink transceiver. Prices for the system range from $9,900 to $16,990 depending on options and interfaces selected.
Vista Aviation of Pacoima, Calif., has completed the first STCed helicopter installation of an Avidyne EX600 multifunction display (MFD)–in a Eurocopter AS350B AStar. “We have installed quite a few Avidyne MFDs, and we were excited about being the first dealer to install an EX600 in a helicopter,” said Bill DeBarmore, Vista Aviation’s avionics manager.
Instrument pilots looking to improve their knowledge and skills beyond those gained from formal training and checkrides may be interested in joining–or even starting–a local chapter of the newly founded IMC Club. The Club’s intent is to bring together seasoned and new instrument pilots to share experiences of IFR flights, avionics operation and ATC procedures.
Naples Jet Center in Naples, Fla., last month performed a dual Garmin G600 panel refurbishment in a Twin Commander 1000 as part of a complete panel redesign and aircraft refurbishment. The panel replacement began by removing the old wiring and installing all new harnesses for the new custom panel. Using technology derived from the G1000 avionics system, the G600 package replaces old-style mechanical instruments with LCD displays.
Using the stage at Oshkosh to make several product announcements, Avidyne introduced a lower-priced version of its next-gen flight management system called the FMS400 and rolled out three pricing levels for the Release 9 version of its Entegra integrated avionics system.
At EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., this week, Avidyne introduced its new low-cost FMS400, which provides flight management system functionality but without WAAS precision approach capability. Like the WAAS-capable FMS900w, the FMS400 includes Avidyne’s GeoFill and FMSVectors functions; the FMS can later be upgraded to an FMS900w if desired. The FMS900w includes an FMS keyboard, which is optional on the FMS400.