Avidyne Press Release

Avidyne TAS600 Active-Surveillance Traffic Systems Selected by U.K. Royal Air Force for GROB115E Trainer

RAF finds dual-antenna TAS600 Series provides best performance and offers best value collision avoidance solution for its training fleet.

Lincoln, MA – Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced today that their TAS600 Series active-surveillance Traffic Advisory Systems (TAS) have been selected by the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force for its fleet of Grob G 115E training aircraft.  The contract includes 119 TAS600 Series systems plus spares, which are being installed in the airplanes by aviation management company Babcock International Group over the next 2 years.

“Grob Aircraft and Babcock presented the RAF with all the available options, and the Avidyne TAS600 Series really provided the best value,” said André Hiebeler, Grob’s CSO & co-CEO.  “Working with Babcock who manages the RAF training fleet, we developed an STC for the TAS600 Series, which is now being retrofitted across the entire fleet of Grob G 115E training aircraft.”

“The flight training environment poses a unique set of in-flight and ground-maneuvering conflict opportunities, and in reviewing accident studies, we have seen many instances where our TAS600 systems could play a significant role in enhancing safety,” said Avidyne Chief Operating Officer, Patrick Herguth. “Partnering with training fleets is another way Avidyne can improve safety by increasing awareness and expanding the reach of our safety products.”

“This agreement demonstrates the continued success of our FlySafe™ initiative, which was conceived to improve safety among flight schools and training fleets,” said Rob Higby, vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service. “Through FlySafe, we are proactively enhancing safety in the general aviation community with cost-effective safety solutions, including active-surveillance collision avoidance similar to  that which the airlines have enjoyed for many years.”

About Avidyne TAS600 Series

Avidyne’s TAS600 Series of Traffic Advisory Systems provide real-time active-surveillance traffic advisory alerts for general aviation and military training aircraft of all makes and models.  The ADS-B-upgradeable TAS600 Series comprises four models—the TAS600, TAS605, TAS615, and TAS620—that are designed to match the performance of the specific aircraft. All TAS600 systems have patented top and bottom antennas that provide the same benefits as the dual-antenna TCAS systems found on virtually every air-transport category aircraft, including significantly-improved signal coverage, more accurate target tracking, faster updates, and better overall performance compared to single-antenna systems. Avidyne’s TAS600 Series provides the smallest, lightest, best performing and most affordable active-surveillance traffic systems available for general aviation.

About FlySafe

Avidyne’s FlySafe program is designed to promote safety among the flight training and general aviation community.  Participants in the FlySafe program include qualified maintenance facilities, flight schools and various industry affiliates. FlySafe partners are interested in enhancing the safety of their directly-owned or member-owned aircraft with Avidyne’s safety sensors and are actively promoting the FlySafe initiative.   

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 and DFC100 digital flight control systems, 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 Westerville, OH, Melbourne, FL, and Boulder, CO.

Editorial Contacts

Tom Harper
Avidyne Corporation
(781) 402-7400