Avidyne Press Release

Avidyne Announces TSO Approval of New EX600 MFD

TSO approval allows Avidyne to begin deliveries of newest radar-replacement MFD; EX600 includes unique QuickPan™ Map Panning capability, CMax™ Approach Charts, and Worldwide Airport Diagrams

Lincoln, MA – Monday, January 4, 2010 – 

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight decks, displays, and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced they have received Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval for their recently-introduced EX600 Multi-Function Display (MFD).

“The EX600 represents the latest in MFD capability for general aviation airplanes and helicopters, and builds on Avidyne’s innovation and leadership in the radar-replacement MFD category,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s Chief Operating Officer.  “This TSO approval allows us to begin shipments of the EX600, which means aircraft owners can now add or upgrade to the most feature-rich and easiest-to-use MFD available.”

About the EX600

The EX600 is a full-function MFD that is designed to enhance situational awareness and safety for pilots of general aviation airplanes and now for helicopters as well. 

Incorporating all-new 5.8-inch diagonal, 640x480 pixel (VGA) display and Avidyne’s renowned easy-to-use pilot interface—including innovative new Map Panning keys and their exclusive QuickPan™ function—the EX600 dramatically improves a pilot’s ability to access and display critical flight data.  QuickPan™ allows the pilot to quickly toggle between the present position and a panned-to position–such as Destination airport–with a single button push.

The EX600’s “map-centric” operation—especially helpful for helicopter operators—allows the pilot to view all the available safety information, including on-board radar, right on the map page without having to switch to dedicated or hidden pages as with many other MFDs.

All EX600s include the ability to display CMax™ approach charts & worldwide airport diagrams at no additional charge—as well as support for European VFR Charts—which provide an added measure of situational awareness during critical phases of flight and while taxiing, both domestically and internationally. CMax subscription services are available through Jeppesen. 

With interfaces to nineteen different radar models, the EX600 is the leader in radar-replacement MFDs, meaning it can act as a display replacement for many out-dated and un-repairable CRT radar displays, while adding significant situational awareness and utility enhancements.  

In addition, the EX600 has standard interfaces (at no additional charge),  providing the widest range of sensor interfaces available in a retrofit MFD including Traffic TAS600-Series Traffic Advisory capability and TWX670 Color Tactical Lightning Detection. With Avidyne’s unique MultiLink™ capability, the EX600 can display both broadcast datalink in the Continental U.S. (CONUS) through the MLB700 and international datalink through the MLX770 datalink transceiver.  Optional TCAS I and TAWS/EGPWS interfaces are also available.

Pricing and Availability

EX600pricing starts at $9,990 for the standard MFD, including CMax™ Electronic Approach Charts, Worldwide Airport Diagrams, and standard interfaces for traffic and color lightning.

The EX600 MFD with Bendix RDR130/150/160/RDS81/82/82VP/84/84VP/86/86VP interface or Bendix/King RDR2000/2100 interface is $13,990.

The EX600 MFD with Collins WXR250/270/300 or Bendix RDR1100/1200/1300 interface is $16,990.

Avidyne announced a trade-in program that provides a $2,500 trade-in allowance for old radar indicators and MFDs toward a new EX600. 

All existing EX500 owners can get upgraded to an EX600 starting at only $5,495. Contact Avidyne for details.

Avidyne is pursuing an Approved Model List-Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for the EX600 which will cover over 600 Part 23 Class I, II, and III aircraft models. 

With this TSO approval, Avidyne is beginning initial shipments now.

About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)

Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and its Flying Made Simple™ system design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company’s expanding line of products include the industry-leading Entegra integrated flight deck  linefor new and existing aircraft, datalink-capable EX5000 and EX600 multi-function displays and the dual-antenna TAS600 series of active traffic advisory systems, the MLB700 broadcast datalink receiver, the MLX770 world-wide datalink transceiver, and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system. Headquartered in Lincoln, MA, the company has facilities in Columbus, OH, Melbourne, FL, and Boulder, CO.

Editorial Contacts

Tom Harper
Avidyne Corporation
(781) 402-7400