Avidyne Unveils Touchscreen Vantage Displays

 - July 23, 2021, 12:47 PM

Avidyne has developed a series of new 12-inch touchscreen displays and will certify the first installation in Cirrus SR piston singles in 2022 as an upgrade to their original Avidyne Entegra avionics. About 4,000 Cirrus SR models built from 2002 through 2008 qualify for the upgrade, according to John Talmadge, Avidyne's v-p of worldwide sales. Introductory price is $12,500 per display, which include core trade-in of an Entegra display.

The upgrade replaces the 10-inch Entegra displays with the 12-inch touchscreens, which also feature Avidyne’s hybrid-touch interface, allowing pilots to activate functions using either touch or knobs and buttons. These new displays also feature higher resolution and “tight integration” with Avidyne IFD-series navigators and its DFC autopilot.

Vantage displays come with synthetic vision as standard, built-in attitude and heading reference systems in each display, with multifunction display reversion, and split-screen capability. “You gain the redundancy of having dual sensors as well as dual displays for your primary flight instrumentation,” said Avidyne president Dan Schwinn.

Avidyne will support a variety of existing equipment, including engine instruments, with the Vantage displays. No separate engine interface hardware will be required, he said.

“The whole system is designed to be a very easy transition from the first-generation [Entegra] system,” Schwinn added. “While it's much more colorful and higher resolution and it runs faster, the controls are very similar.”