Avidyne Press Release

Avidyne Announces Money Back Guarantee on DFC90 Autopilot Upgrade

Money Back Guarantee demonstrates Avidyne’s confidence in the performance improvements, safety enhancements, and the value that the DFC90 provides.

Lincoln, MA – Thursday, August 19, 2010 – 

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced today they are offering a full Money Back Guarantee for customers who purchase a new  DFC90 Digital Flight Control System with Flight Envelope Protection. 

Under the terms of this offer, if for any reason you are not satisfied with your DFC90 Autopilot Flight Computer compared with the performance of the S-TEC 55X, Avidyne will refund the entire cost of your upgrade and reinstall the S-TEC 55X.

 “The DFC90 provides significant improvements in autopilot performance and safety,” said Avidyne Chief Operating Officer, Patrick Herguth. “We have gotten incredibly favorable feedback from many of customers who have already switched to the DFC90, and this guarantee provides some peace of mind for Entegra-equipped Cirrus owners who haven’t yet decided to do the upgrade.”

 “The DFC90 flies very well and I'm very happy with the upgrade,” said Cirrus owner Daniel Pace.  “The DFC90 exhibits much better control of my airplane and is much crisper than the S-Tec." 

"The DFC90 was worth every penny,” said Cirrus owner Doug Anson. “It’s a completely different bird with the DFC90.  I love my DFC90."

“We strive for 100% customer satisfaction with all of our products, and this guarantee demonstrates our confidence in the DFC90 upgrade,” said Avidyne President and CEO, Dan Schwinn. “The DFC90 establishes a new watermark in general aviation autopilot performance and safety and we are confident that our customers will feel the same way.”

DFC90 ‘Money Back Guarantee’ Terms & Conditions are available at http://www.avidyne.com/products/dfc90/guarantee.asp.

About the DFC90

The DFC90 is an attitude-based digital autopilot system that is designed as a slide-in replacement for the S-TEC55X autopilot in existing Entegra-equipped Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft.  The significant performance and safety benefits of the attitude-based DFC90 make it a very attractive upgrade for the more than 4,000 owners of Entegra-equipped Cirrus aircraft.  

The Release 8 software and Mod 55 PFD hardware upgrades enable the DFC90 autopilot to take advantage of the precision attitude information of Entegra’s integrated Air Data and Attitude Heading Reference System (ADAHRS), without the need for costly wiring changes to the aircraft.

The DFC90 has all the standard vertical and lateral modes of operation of a turbine-class autopilot system, including Flight Director (FD), Altitude Hold (ALT), Airspeed Hold (IAS), Vertical Speed Hold (VS), Heading (HDG), and Navigation (NAV, APPR, LOC/GS, GPSS). Customers upgrading from the STEC 55X will notice several major performance and feature improvements including:

  1. Greatly improved stability due to the use of attitude data to control the autopilot inner control loops. This is particularly evident and important when tracking an ILS to minimums in windy conditions.

  2. Avidyne’s speed-based Flight Envelope Protection virtually eliminates autopilot-induced stalls (underspeed) and overspeeds, which lead to a significant number of GA accidents. With Flight Envelope Protection, the autopilot avoids exceeding the flight envelope while providing visual and aural warnings to the pilot.

  3. The new Indicated Airspeed Hold (IAS) vertical mode includes a dedicated Airspeed knob and a new airspeed bug on the PFD, and provides a more elegant way to make Flight Level changes.

  4. The “Straight & Level” button overrides all autopilot modes and levels the aircraft in both pitch and roll from a wide range of capture attitudes for an added measure of safety.

  5. The Flight Director capability of the DFC90 is vastly improved and greatly improves the ability to hand-fly approaches.

DFC90 Pricing & Availability

The retail price of the DFC90 Digital Flight Computer is $9,995.*

The cost of Release 8/Mod 55 is $3,895 for PFDs that are at Release 7, and  $5,395 for PFDs that at are currently at Release 6 or older.

DFC90s are now shipping, and PFDs with Release 8 and MOD 55 enhancements are available through Avidyne’s Platinum Exchange program. 

*Prices do not include installation costs or shipping charges. STEC55X unit must be returned to Avidyne.

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, the new DFC90 digital flight control system, the datalink-capable EX600 multi-function display 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