...Avidyne and Ryan Announce Merger...

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Avidyne and Ryan International will today make a series of announcements including a merger agreement that translates to the coming addition of active traffic surveillance to Avidyne's product lines. The merger will transform Ryan's Ohio headquarters into Safety Systems Group, to be maintained by Avidyne. Paul Ryan, who invented the Stormscope weather system and collision avoidance systems in 1981 founded Ryan International, serving as it's CEO -- he now will serve the company as a consultant. "Our combined resources will accelerate the process of bringing innovative and affordable new products to the market," Ryan said through a press release. New product releases followed that announcement. Three products in the TAS600 series, range from $9,990 to $20,990 and offer active traffic detection from a 7 nm range to a 21 nm range. "When interfaced with Avidyne’s Entegra, EX500, EX5000, and MHD displays, TAS600s provide transponder squawk codes, as well as N-numbers of Mode S equipped aircraft (in US airspace), making it even easier to identify specific targets." Higher-end offerings available through the MHAS6000 series provide hazard avoidance packages with weather, active traffic alerting, terrain and situational awareness. Pricing on that line starts just under $17,000 and runs through $33,000.