Avidyne Press Release

Avidyne Debuts Entegra Release 9 Upgrade for Piper PA-46 Matrix Aircraft

Successful deposit program demonstrates demand for Entegra Release 9; R9 retrofit provides Meridian, Mirage and Matrix owners with upgrade to high-resolution displays, single-pilot IFR FMS with WAAS/RNP GPS and powerful 16-watt digital VHF radios.

Lincoln, MA – Thursday, June 24, 2010 – 

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced another milestone in their Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck (R9) upgrade program for Piper PA-46  Meridian, Mirage, and Matrix aircraft, with the debut of the first Entegra R9-equipped Piper PA-46 Matrix at the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association Migration (COPA M8) event last week in Dayton, Ohio.

The COPA Migration in Dayton, Ohio provided a unique opportunity for the Cirrus community to see the new R9-equipped Matrix first hand. The aircraft flew numerous demonstration flights on Thursday afternoon and all day Friday and Saturday.

“The PA-46 represents an ideal step-up airplane for the Cirrus owner looking for enhanced performance and more cabin space,” said Avidyne Chief Operating Officer Patrick Herguth.  “The ability to get a cabin-class PA-46 aircraft with an Avidyne R9 suite makes it an even more attractive option for the thousands of existing PA-46 and Cirrus owners who prefer Avidyne’s avionics design philosophy and overall ease of use.”

“Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 suite is a very attractive upgrade for many of our customers who are purchasing both new and used PA-46’s,” said Mike Borden, of High Performance Aircraft in El Cajon, California. “We just sold two more PA-46s, a new Entegra-equipped Meridian and a Matrix, that include an Avidyne coupon which allows PA-46 customers to upgrade to the Release 9 package for only $50,000.  It’s a very attractive option that allows my clients to get new Piper with the next generation of Avidyne avionics.”

About the R9 Upgrade Program for PA-46 Aircraft

Avidyne is soliciting owners of late-model PA-46 (1995 & newer) who are interested in upgrading their airplanes to the Entegra Release 9 system, and we are currently accepting deposits to secure your position and accelerate the program. The deposit program saves customers up to $30,000 and is for a limited time only.  

For more information, please go to www.avidyne.com/pa-46

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  • Let us know if you are interested in getting a Demo Flight

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  • Become a Deposit Holder now and save $20,000-$30,000

PA-46 Upgrade includes:

  • 2- or 3-screen IFD5000 Displays w/Dual ADAHRS & Synthetic Vision

  • Dual WAAS-capable FMS900w

  • Dual (16-Watt) VHF COM/NAV & GPS

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Release 9 is ideally suited as a next-generation flight deck upgrade to meet the mission profiles of these high-performance Piper PA-46 aircraft, and we are accelerating our development efforts to meet this demand. The Entegra Release 9 retrofit for Piper PA-46 Meridian and Mirage aircraft includes three XGA high-resolution IFD5000 displays. In addition, Release 9 features Avidyne’s dual-redundant FMS900w systems with FMS control/display unit, next-generation fully-digital VHF NAV/COM radios and dual WAAS/RNP-capable GPS receivers. Entegra Release 9 will provide dual Air Data and Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) inputs to the existing STEC 2100 digital autopilot. The Matrix uses dual IFD5000s and interfaces with the existing rate-based STEC 55X autopilot, which will be upgradeable to Avidyne’s new attitude-based DFC100 autopilot. 

Pricing and Availability

Certification of the dual-screen Entegra Release 9 suite for the Piper PA-46 Matrix is expected to be completed in late 2010. Certification of Entegra Release 9 for the Mirage and the Meridian are expected in 2011.

Customers who purchase an Entegra-equipped Meridian, Mirage or Matrix now will receive an upgrade voucher that locks in the Entegra Release 9 upgrade price at $50,000—redeemable upon certification—representing a significant value for PA-46 owners.

Customers who want more information can contact their local Piper Dealer or go to www.release9.com.   Those who would like to get a flight demonstration of the Entegra Release 9 suite can contact Avidyne at 800.AVIDYNE (800.284.3963).


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 systems for new and existing aircraft, datalink-capable EX5000 and EX500 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. 

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Avidyne Corporation
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