Avidyne has extended their partnership with WSI of Andover, MA
to deliver worldwide datalink graphical weather using Avidyne's
MLX770/MLX780 Iridium-based datalink transceivers and WSI's
Inflight Weather Service via a wide variety of industry-standard
Electronic Flight Bags.
"In teaming with Avidyne, we are bringing WSI's industry-leading
in-flight weather services to a larger number of general aviation
aircraft owners," said Mark D. Miller, Vice President and General
Manager of WSI's Aviation Business. "Adding Avidyne's MLX interface
to our WSI InFlight display software will allow pilots world-wide
to take advantage of timely, graphical weather information, similar
to what we deliver for North America, in order to make better
informed decisions and to fly safer."
"This is a logical extension of our partnership with WSI," said
Patrick Herguth, Avidyne's Chief Operating Officer. "By
co-developing an interface with WSI's popular InFlight EFB
software, we can now offer the safety-enhancing benefits of WSI
worldwide weather using our MLX-series worldwide datalink
transceiver to a larger number of aircraft owners flying with any
of the popular EFB systems."
"Extending our support for WSI InFlight EFB software positions
Avidyne as the premier worldwide datalink weather provider for
general aviation," said Avidyne president Dan Schwinn. "With our
own Network Operation Center (NOC), a full line of certified
display systems, broadcast and two-way datalink transceivers, and
now EFB interfaces, pilots flying any type of aircraft can now have
up-to-date weather while in flight, anywhere in the world."
WSI InFlight is compatible with virtually any Windows-based
Electronic Flight Bag system and is the user interface software of
choice for many EFB manufacturers including ADR Florida, AirGator,
CMC Electronics, IMS Flight Deck, navAero, DAC International, L-3,
and Universal Avionics. MLX770/780 can support two independent
RS-232 data connections for pilot and co-pilot EFBs.
For International EFB users, Avidyne selected WSI InFlight as
the lead developer for a standard EFB interface based on their
extensive experience and their access to the highest quality
international weather data. Avidyne's MLX770/MLX780, using the
truly global Iridium® satellite system, allows complete
international coverage, and customers familiar with the InFlight
software will find the international data easy to understand.
In the United States, WSI also provides their quality-controlled
aviation weather data for EFB users via the award-winning InFlight
software over the Sirius Broadcast Satellite constellation.
Utilizing Avidyne's Network Operations Center (NOC) and the
66-satellite Iridium constellation, the TSO-C159-approved
MLX770/MLX780 transceivers provide WSI's industry-leading InFlight
weather data products for display on Avidyne's Entegra and EX500
Multi-Function Displays (MFD)-and now on many popular EFB
WSI InFlight standard weather services include worldwide
graphical METARs, textual METARs, and TAFs; Radar is offered as a
Premium service for a growing list of regions including Western
Europe, Australia and the contiguous United States.
Additionally, the MLX770/MLX780 provides convenient two-way text
messaging between your airborne MFD or EFB and compatible
ground-based SMS-capable mobile phones or e-mail addresses,
allowing pilots to communicate with family and friends from their
aircraft while in flight. Avidyne and WSI plan to add other weather
products in the near future including Winds & Temps Aloft,
in-flight weather advisories (NOTAMs), and worldwide Lightning.
The MLX770 & MLX780 are also available for use in North
America, either as a primary means of datalink weather, or along
with the Avidyne's MLB700 Sirius/WSI broadcast datalink service, as
part of Avidyne's exclusive MultiLink™ capability. Avidyne
also offers a TWX670, which provides tactical color lighting
detection to complement the strategic benefits of datalink as part
of Avidyne's Entegra Wx Series.
The compact MLX770/MLX780 datalink transceivers weigh 3.6 lbs.
and is contained in a 6.0" x 11.0" x 3.0" box and can be mounted
with or without the optional mounting tray. The ANT77 Iridium patch
antenna measures 3.5" dia x ¾" and fits easily on virtually
any general aviation aircraft or helicopter.
WSI InFlight Version 5.0 Electronic Flight Bag software will be
available in Q4 2009 at a price of $889 per aircraft. The MLX770
Two-Way Datalink Transceiver promotional price is $9,990 USD,
including antenna and two years (or 200 hours) of free weather data
service. Standard Worldwide Datalink Weather Service pricing starts
as low as $50 USD per month for 10 hours of flying with the Basic
Service plan. Premium Services plans cost approximately $115 USD
per month for 10 hours of flying. Worldwide Iridium Telephone calls
are $1.00- $1.50 USD per minute. Customers who purchase a MLX770
now can enjoy the significant benefits of datalink weather during
the thunderstorm season and upgrade to the MLX780 for only $2,000
USD when it becomes available later this year. This upgrade is
available for both current and new MLX770 owners. For added
installation savings, Avidyne is encouraging customers who want to
add voice capability to their aircraft to install an MLX770 with
provisional wiring for the MLX780 telephone, so they can get the
benefits of satellite datalink weather now and make it easier to
add airborne telephone capability later this year.
Initial deliveries of the MLX780 are expected in Q4 2009.