King Air 200 Panel Upgrade Fit for a King
Avidyne yesterday introduced the Envision integrated flight deck series for retrofit installation in most general aviation aircraft. Envision, which integrates an Avidyne EXP5000 primary flight display (PFD) and an Avidyne EX5000 multifunction display (MFD), interfaces to many existing autopilot, GPS, traffic, terrain, lightning, radar and other systems. Owners can opt for one or two PFDs or MFDs, depending on the aircraft, budget and/or mission. The first installation of the Envision integrated flight deck is the Alliant system for King Air 200s. Produced in cooperation with S-TEC, the Alliant system features dual PFDs, an EX500 MFD and the S-TEC IntelliFlight 2100 digital autopilot. The King Air Alliant system costs about $170,000 (not including installation), with the S-TEC flight control system accounting for about $70,000 of that total.
Avidyne and S-TEC are conducting customer flight demonstrations of a King Air with the Alliant system this week at the NBAA Convention. Envision systems for additional light GA aircraft are in development and in flight test. Avidyne is also working on an advanced, next-generation Entegra system for new aircraft and plans on making announcements today at the NBAA show that this system has been selected for the Spectrum Independence and Freedom business jets.