Avidyne Intros EX500 Software Upgrade

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At the Aircraft Electronics Association show, Avidyne introduced software release 3.0, a $345 upgrade for EX500 multifunction displays that expands the range of XM WX Satellite Weather data displayed and simplifies database updates with USB memory stick support. "EX500 MFDs now can display XM WX Storm Tracks, Hail Alerts, TAFs, Winds Aloft and Freezing Levels," the company said. The software upgrade will be available in the second quarter, pending full certification. According to Avidyne, the new software release also "prevents XM WX service disruption inadvertently caused by XM de-activation signals." The company's multifunction displays are upgradeable through authorized service centers.