From Trainers to High-Performance Aircraft, the Most Extensive
Application of Advanced Glass Avionics in GA
New Piper Aircraft,
Inc. has announced that it will offer Avidyne's FlightMax Entegra
Integrated Flight Deck as optional equipment on all of its
entry-level aircraft, making Piper's deployment of the Entegra
system the most extensive application of advanced glass avionics in
The Entegra system will be offered in the PA-28 family of
aircraft - the Warrior III, Archer III and Arrow. These entry-level
aircraft will join the ranks of the Saratoga II HP, the Saratoga II
TC, the Piper 6X and the Piper 6XT, which, when the system was
introduced on the aircraft earlier this year, became the only
six-place aircraft delivering this state-of-the-art avionics
"Advanced avionics are
essential to general aviation today," said New Piper President and
CEO Chuck Suma. "By extending this technology to our entry-level
and training aircraft, we are ensuring that Piper customers are
equipped with the very latest and best technology. In addition, our
fleet customers - primarily flight schools and universities - are
now able to offer this vital technology as part of their flight
training, ensuring that their students will be at the cutting-edge
of proficiency during their initial training and throughout their
training experience. In effect, they're better equipped for their
professional flying careers, right from the start."
The FlightMax Entegra system, designed and manufactured by the
Avidyne Corporation of Lincoln, MA, simplifies the pilot's workload
and provides the tools that allow for more aggressive missions and
flight profiles. It consists of two high-resolution, 10.4-inch
diagonal, sunlight-readable displays, including an EXP5000 primary
flight display (PFD) with integrated solid-state air data and
attitude/heading reference system (ADAHRS), and an EX5000
multi-function display (MFD) featuring moving map, flight plan
information, terrain contours, as well as an Engine Indication
System, (EIS). The EMax™ Engine and Datalink Weather systems
are available as options on Piper's PA-28 series of aircraft.
Entegra's EXP5000 PFD presents standard flight instrumentation,
including electronic attitude direction indicator (EADI),
electronic horizontal situation indicator (EHSI), altitude, primary
engine instruments, airspeed, and vertical speed.
The Entegra system delivers total situational awareness on an
integrated display, including moving map, terrain, complete engine
information and optional datalink weather, lightning and traffic.
Primary engine instrument capability includes the display of RPM,
fuel flow, and oil pressure on the PFD. The optional EMax system
will also provide fuel totalizer capability and a lean assist
function, which takes the guesswork out of fuel management.
Moreover, the EMax system shows fuel remaining and computes
nautical miles per gallon, fuel-to-waypoint, and
fuel-to-destination on the MFD.
The Entegra system also displays and monitors cylinder head
temperatures (CHT), exhaust gas temperature (EGT), oil temperature,
outside air temperature (OAT), and electrical bus voltages. When
the EMax option is installed, all four exhaust gas temperatures
will be monitored. The system also provides data-logging capability
of critical engine performance parameters, which are downloadable
via the MFD data port into a standard spreadsheet format for easy
"The Entegra Integrated Flight Deck speaks directly to safety
and value and meets the needs of our Flight School partners and
personal aircraft owners," said Molly Martin Pearce, Director of
Dealer Relations and Sales for The New Piper Aircraft, Inc. "The
Entegra System is simple to use and intuitive while providing
powerful capabilities and uncompromised functionality. As a result,
it's the perfect combination for both the new and experienced
pilot. In addition, the Entegra System addresses the needs of our
flight school and university customers who need to train their
students on advanced flight deck technology required for careers in
the commercial airline industry without sacrificing the
efficiencies, reliability, functionality and safety found in
Piper's tried-and-true fleet."
The PA-28 family of aircraft has long been known for its
reliability and reputation as being among the most capable trainers
and entry-level aircraft in the marketplace. With the addition of
the new Entegra integrated flight deck, these aircraft will lead
innovation in the general aviation market by coupling a trusted and
proven airframe with the latest in integrated avionics suites.
Entegra equipped Pipers are all electric, replacing the vacuum
system and related vacuum powered equipment - providing additional
reliability and utility.
Additionally, New Piper will offer Narrowcast Datalink as an
option with the FlightMax Entegra System. Narrowcast Datalink
Technology displays GPS location/positioning with Nexrad weather
information, providing pilots with a new level of situational
awareness and decision-making tools in the cockpit.