Avidyne Retrofit for Cessna 210

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Although sales of piston singles have been brisk for the last three years, older aircraft still dominate the fleet, leaving many owners lusting for state-of-the-art EFIS systems that just havenít been available for retrofit. But this week, Avidyne is addressing that in announcing that the Envison systemóbasically a second-generation Entegra EFIS suiteówill be available for retrofit in the Cessna 210 series. Avidyne is developing the STC for the Centurion line jointly with Crownair Aviation, a San Diego-based mod and maintenance shop at Montgomery Field.

The Envision system was announced last year, initially for retrofit in the King Air 200 and 90-Series turboprops, with subsequent approvals for the Cessna 300 and 400 Series piston twins and early Cirrus SR20 and SR22 singles that donít have Entegra glass. An Envision retrofit wonít be cheap, with retail prices staring at $29,995 for the EXP5000 PFD and $13,995 for the EX5000 MFD. However, even with installation, these numbers are competitive with Garminís emerging G600 aftermarket retrofit and with the typical big ticket avionics upgrade that many owners seem willing to buy. Availability is expected for early 2008.