Sat, Jun 19, 2010
DFC90 Authorized For SR20, SR22 Models
Breaking News! Avidyne tells ANN that it has just received a
signed STC and TSO authorization for the installation of the DFC90
digital autopilot in Cirrus SR20 and SR22 airplanes. Avidyne's Tom
Harper calls this development "The start of a new era for
The DFC90 is an attitude-based Digital Flight Control System
which is an upgrade specifically for Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft
with Avidyne's Entegra Release 8 Flight Deck Systems. It adds
the precision of an attitude-based flight control system and
Avidyne's innovative, safety-enhancing Flight Envelope Protection
capability, inlcuding safety enhancements such as a Straight &
Level mode that provides one-button unusual attitude recovery. It
is an integrated flight computer and control panel that is designed
as a slide-in replacement for existing rate-based STEC 55X flight
Avidyne also received TSO approval for Release 8.0, which is the
Primary Flight Display (PFD) software upgrade needed to make the
Entegra EXP5000 PFD compatible with the DFC90.
"The significant performance and safety benefits of the
attitude-based DFC90 make it a very attractive upgrade for the more
than 4,000 owners of Entegra-equipped Cirrus aircraft," said
Patrick Herguth, Avidyne's Chief Executive Officer.
"The certification of the DFC90 is a significant achievement for
Avidyne, as we have expanded our product line to become a full-line
avionics manufacturer," said Avidyne president Dan Schwinn.
"Avidyne is committed to continuously enhancing safety for all of
our customers, and the DFC90 provides owners of Entegra-equipped
Cirrus aircraft with next-generation attitude-based autopilot
Certification of the DFC100 (one of the first of which had
BETTER be heading for OUR airplane... ahem), which is designed for
the Entegra Release 9 system, is expected later this year.
More details are coming soon.
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