Avidyne is adding interface options that will let aircraft operators view graphical weather information from an MLX 770/780 datalink receiver on a variety of electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers.
Avidyne arrives at EBACE with the ink still drying on the TSOs it recently received for its Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck system and FMS900w flight management system. The next-generation IFD system includes high-resolution displays, single-pilot IFR FMS with WAAS/RNP-capable GPS, fully digital VHF nav/com radios and enhanced autopilot interface.
Avidyne used last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun show in Lakeland, Fla., to announce FAA certification of the Entegra Release 9 avionics system. Avidyne said TSO approval for the Entegra Release 9 suite opens the door for retrofits of the cockpit into existing Cirrus SR20s and SR22s.
Piper Aircraft has achieved FAA certification for the Garmin G1000 avionics system aboard the Meridian six-place single-engine turboprop, an airplane originally certified with the Meggitt Magic EFIS and later upgraded to the Avidyne Entegra cockpit. The list price for a new Meridian with the Garmin cockpit is $2.071 million versus $2.021 million for the airplane with the Entegra suite.
Avidyne is close to certifying its latest avionics system, known as Entegra Release 9 and featuring high-resolution displays and the company’s next- generation FMS900w flight management system. The new cockpit will be available initially as an upgrade for Cirrus owners, with retrofit and OEM programs for other airplanes to follow.
Pilots who have grown accustomed to flying with up-to-the- minute weather graphics and information broadcast to the cockpit through the XM or Sirius satellite radio services are probably aware that the companies successfully completed their “merger of equals” last year. The deal created a combined entity called Sirius XM Radio Inc.
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.
AAI Acquisition, which bought the assets of bankrupt Adam Aircraft in April, now has about 200 employees and says that design, manufacture and test activities have resumed for the A700 very light jet. The company is backed by Russian investment firm Industrial Investors/Kaskol, which is injecting capital as the company reaches certain milestones.
AAI Acquisition (Booth No. 3383), which acquired the assets of bankrupt Adam Aircraft in April, now has about 200 employees and announced that design, manufacture and test activities have resumed for the A700 very light jet.
Avidyne last month introduced the Entegra PFD4000, an eight-inch primary flight display system intended to compete with Garmin’s G600 retrofit display product.