Avidyne Launches "Plug & Play" Stack, Synthetic Vision Upgrade

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Avidyne introduced a full panel-mounted, plug-and-play replacement avionics stack for general aviation aircraft at EAA AirVenture on Monday morning. The stack includes the IFD540 FMS/GPS/Navigation/Communication system with touch-screen controls, the AMX240 stereo audio panel with marker beacon, the AXP340 Mode S extended-squitter transponder, and the attitude-based DFC90 digital autopilot --although the autopilot requires you also have an Aspen Evolution PFD or an Avidyne Entegra PFD. The IFD540 is sized to replace the popular Garmin GNS 530 and the AXP340 is a slide-in replacement for the popular KT76A and KT78A transponders. Ease of installation will provide significant cost savings for buyers, the company said. The transponder provides "ADS-B Out" capabilities, which will be required in most U.S. airspace by 2020.

Avidyne also announced that their DFC90 digital flight control system is now available for the Cessna 182, Beechcraft Bonanza and Beechcraft Baron (with the same PFD requirement). Certification for Piper Matrix and Mirage aircraft is expected soon. And the company said synthetic vision will be included in the next upgrade to Entegra Release 9. The upgrade, 9.3, is expected to receive final FAA certification later this year. It will also provide support for three-screen R9 installations and on-board weather radar.