FAA Certifies Entegra Release 9
Avidyne has been busy promoting Release 9 of its Entegra flat panel in advance of FAA certification and held a detailed press briefing Tuesday at Sun 'n Fun. About 10 minutes after the news conference ended, the FAA called company officials to tell them the certification had been approved for both the integrated flight deck system and the FMS900w flight management system. The upgrade received a Technical Standard Order for retrofit into existing Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft. "Entegra Release 9 sets a new standard in performance and safety by providing the highest level of integration, and the easiest-to-use pilot interface available," said CEO Patrick Herguth.
The $72,000 upgrade portrays information on large-screen displays and includes a keypad, digital radios and dual WAAS/RNP-capable GPS receivers. Each screen is capable of displaying all the information available from the system, giving it dual redundancy in that respect. A higher level of communication between the FMS/NAV system and the existing STEC 55X autopilot allows it to automatically switch modes without pilot input, reducing pilot workload and getting rid of the confusion that sometimes arises when the autopilot is in the wrong mode for the phase of flight.
AVweb video of Release 9 in action.