Wed, Dec 10, 2008
STC Adds To AML For Two-Way Datalink Transceiver
Avionics supplier Avidyne Corporation announced Tuesday its new
MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver has received a European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)
that extends the EASA Approved Model List (AML) to include
unpressurized composite aircraft such as the Cirrus SR20 and
"Adding composite aircraft to the European AML adds yet another
large population of aircraft that can take advantage of the
MLX770," said Avidyne Chief Operating Officer, Patrick Herguth.
"Cirrus pilots worldwide will now begin to benefit from the
safety-enhancing strategic datalink capability of the MLX770."
"The MLX770 provides pilots flying in Europe with the safety
advantages of satellite datalink weather," said Steven Middendorp
of Cirrus Europe. "The MLX770 is in great demand here in Europe and
we can now provision many of the Cirrus aircraft we maintain with
this terrific new technology."
Avidyne partnered with Röder Präzision GmbH of
Eglesbach, Germany to develop a custom antenna mounting bracket
that makes antenna installation much easier in the composite Cirrus
aircraft. This optional bracket is available directly from
"Röder Präzision did extensive analysis and flight
testing to verify the best locations to mount the MLX770 satellite
antenna." said Oliver Baer of Röder Präzision. "With this
STC, European dealers' installation costs are minimized and the
owner is assured of high quality operation delivering weather to
the cockpit when needed the most."
Avidyne previously received EASA STC for unpressurized metal
aircraft in Europe, as well as a full Federal Aviation
Administration STC approval with an AML covering over 700 aircraft
models of N-registered aircraft. The EASA AML STC now allows the
MLX770 to be installed in over 200 different models of
unpressurized metal and composite non-N-registered aircraft in
The FAA AML STC allows the MLX770 to be installed in virtually
any metal, composite, pressurized or unpressurized Class I, II, or
III N-registered aircraft that is operating anywhere in the world.
Avidyne is also pursuing a separate EASA STC for pressurized
aircraft which will be announced in the coming weeks.
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