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Tue, Feb 27, 2024

Avidyne IFD Series Gets Rotor Approvals

AML-STC Provides Approvals Of Avidyne IFD Series FMS/GPS Systems

Avidyne is starting HAI with the news that their partner, U.K.-based Horizon Design Services, has received Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) validation of an Approved Model List-Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for installation of the Avidyne IFD-Series FMS/ GPS/ NAV/ COM systems as replacements for legacy GNS-Series navigators in nine different helicopter models.

“This AML-STC provides a streamlined basis for installation of the Avidyne IFDs in a broad range of popular helicopters, eliminating the need for dealers and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facilities to perform costly field approvals with these avionics upgrades,” said Avidyne President, Dan Schwinn. “We have had a lot of success with AML-STCs in the fixed-wing market, and we are really pleased that Horizon was able to move forward with this Helicopter AML.”

“This Part 27 AML-STC covers the installation of the IFD5XX/4XX equipment as replacements for unrepairable legacy GNS-series navigators into nine different helicopter models comprising a market of over 20,000 aircraft,” said Michael Hodby, Managing Director of Horizon Design Services. “We are making this STC package available for helicopter MROs at a nominal cost, allowing for an easier transition from obsolete GNS systems to the highly capable Avidyne IFD series slide in replacement navigators.”

The Avidyne IFD series are modern slide-in replacements for legacy GNS430/530/W Series navigators, and can utilize the existing GNS trays, connectors, and wiring, dramatically reducing installation time and cost.  The IFDs are well suited for helicopter operations with both knob/button and touch screen controls, 3D synthetic vision, HTAWS, RS-170 video support, heliport databases, and display of nearby traffic and weather.

The AML-STC package for helicopters can be purchased by authorized dealers and MROs directly from Horizon Design Services for $2,500. 

FMI: www.avidyne.com, www.horizonaero.co.uk


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