Wed, Mar 31, 2004
It's been a big week
for Avidyne. While they've announced that they have completed
certification of the FlightMax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck on
the New Piper Saratoga HP, TC, 6X, & 6XT and on the Lancair
Columbia 350; they also note that these aircraft
configurations include several significant enhancements to
FlightMax Entegra which they've now certified, including Flight
Director capability on the EXP5000 PFD, "Primary Engine
Instruments" on the PFD with Avidyne's EMax Total Engine Management
system, "in-flight restart" and "taxi-during warmup" capability,
and Avidyne's light-GA-exclusive portrait-version displays.
Avidyne also announced
that their EX5000 MFD is available in the aftermarket with
integrated datalink capability for $16,195. The EX5000 is available
in portrait and landscape formats to allow more flexibility for
Avidyne also announced several product enhancements for the
FlightMax EX500 multi-function display, including the ability to
display snow/mix (in pink) as part of their NEXRAD imagery. Avidyne
also improved it's datalink service to reduce NEXRAD ground clutter
and implemented improvements which reduce NEXRAD and METAR
Avidyne also announced a new pricing plan for their datalink
service. In addition to their current "pay-as-you-go" service,
Avidyne now offers a fixed-price "Unlimited Datalink Service" for
$600 per year.
"Customers flying less then 120 hours per year really like the
current pay-as-you-go service because they only pay for datalink
for the times they are flying, and it's still the most affordable
service in the market," said Avidyne sales manager Jamie Luster.
"We added the new 'unlimited' service for customers who fly a lot
and for those who want the convenience of a flat-rate pricing
model, which helps with their annual budgeting." All EX500s come
with integrated datalink, starting at $8,995.
Also; Avidyne has recently introduced their EX500 Interactive
Training Software which allows users to run the EX500 right on
their desktop PC, including the ability to retrieve live "datalink"
graphical weather via an internet connection. The software is
downloadable from the Avidyne website free of charge at www.avidyne.com/ex500.
It is also available on CD for $5.95 to cover shipping and
handling. ANN has been looking over this program for about a week
now and notes that it does an excellent job of allowing a pilot to
familiarize themselves with this technology at their own pace.
We'll have a review in the not too distant future.
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