Avidyne Going After Mass GA Market


At the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, Avidyne said it plans to expand its reach into the lower end of the general aviation market, a segment that includes more than 70,000 airplanes. With this goal in mind, the company has teamed with Southern Star Avionics to offer the Envision integrated flight deck in most Cessna 300 and 400-series airplanes, as well as pre-2003 Cirrus Design SR20s and SR22s. Avidyne said the retrofit includes an EXP5000 primary flight display (PFD) and EX500 multifunction display (MFD), and will be able to interface with “popular” autopilots, GPS, terrain, traffic and other systems. There are more than 12,000 Cessna twins and 700 Cirrus piston singles that are eligible for the roughly $39,000 (plus installation) glass cockpit upgrade. Going even further down market, Avidyne is now offering the Envision system for experimental aircraft.

Equipment retail prices for this market also start at less than $39,000. With Envision for experimental aircraft, Avidyne is now flying in aircraft ranging from turbine-powered business aircraft to piston twins, singles and kitplanes,” said company President Dan Schwinn. Well continue to build the eligibility list for Envision across a wide range of existing GA aircraft.