Deliveries Of Avidyne-Equipped Centurion Edition May Begin
A truly innovative retrofit glass-panel application has won FAA
approval. Avidyne announced Thursday that through its partnership
with Southern Star Avionics of Mobile, AL, and Crownair Aviation,
Inc. of San Diego, the company has received a Supplemental Type
Certificate (STC) for the installation of Avidyne's Entegra
integrated flight deck in Cessna 210 and T210 Series single-engine
The Avidyne Entegra suite is part of Crownair's "Centurion
Edition" refurbishment program.
As ANN reported, the package includes the
dual-display Entegra Glass Flight Deck, a new S-TEC 55X autopilot,
Hartzell Scimitar Heated Prop, WAAS-capable GPS systems, new paint,
a new deluxe interior, extensive engine modifications, and a J.P.
Instruments digital engine monitor.
210 retrofit program will provide these aircraft owners with the
latest in safety and situational awareness capabilities and a
beautiful new panel for a fraction of the cost of buying a new
airplane," said Tom Greer, President, Southern Star Aviation. "We
appreciate the opportunity to partner with Crownair and Avidyne to
leverage our certification expertise and and help to make big-glass
flight deck retrofits available to a larger population of general
"Entegra's beautiful 10.4-inch displays provide a stunning panel
upgrade that complements all the other improvements we are making
to these aircraft as part of our Centurion Edition program," said
Grant Murray, CEO of Crownair Aviation. "It's a great match of yet
another proven aircraft with the legendary ease-of-use of Avidyne's
avionics, and we are very pleased to have developed a partnership
with Southern Star to get this aircraft added to their AML."
The 210 and T210 were once Cessna's top-of-the-line
single-engine piston aircraft, and are still widely used IFR
cross-country cruisers. The STC provides the basis for future
installations of the Entegra suite into all Cessna 210-series
planes built between 1959 and 1985.
"With over 8,400 produced, the Cessna 210 series is one of the
most popular high-performance single-engine piston aircraft, and
Crownair's Centurion Edition upgrade increases its performance and
utility," said Rob Higby, Avidyne's vice president of sales,
marketing, and customer service. With their deep experience and
broad expertise, Southern Star continues to be an invaluable
partner in adding yet another STC to our expanding Entegra Retrofit
In addition to the Cessna 210 series, Entegra systems are also
available for retrofit in a growing list of aircraft makes and
models including Cessna 441 Conquest IIs, King Air 200s, and King
Air 90 Series turboprops, Cessna 300 and 400 Series piston twins,
and pre-Entegra-equipped Cirrus SR20 and SR22 single-engine piston
aircraft. Southern Star holds the AML STC for the entire list of
single-PFD aircraft installations.