Avidyne Press Release

Avidyne & Jet Avionics Announce Brazilian Approval of EX600 Multifunction Display in Agusta A109S Helicopter

Versatile mapping & sensor interface capability, along with CMax™ Approach Charts and Worldwide Airport Diagrams makes EX600 uniquely suited for Brazilian helicopter operations.

Lincoln, MA – Tuesday, February 15, 2011 – Avidyne Corporation announced today that Jet Avionics of Saõ Paulo, Brazil has received a Brazilian Certificação de Homologação Supplementar de Tipo (CHST) from the Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil –Brasil (ANAC) for installation of Avidyne’s EX600 Multi-Function Display (MFD) into the Agusta A109S Helicopter. 

The Brazilian CHST—comparable to an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) in the U.S.—provides a basis for installations of the EX600 MFD in the A109S helicopter in Brazil, reducing paperwork and approval costs of future installations.  Avidyne previously received ANAC approval of the EX600 on over 350 fixed-wing aircraft models as part of an Approved Model List (AML) CHST.

“Jet Avionics has done a great job in partnering with us to expand the reach of Avidyne products in the Brazilian market,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s Chief Operating Officer.  “The Agusta A109 is a popular airframe that can really benefit from the capabilities of the EX600 MFD.”

“We chose the EX600 because it is the only system that supports advanced weather displays and traffic on the moving map for complete hazard awareness on one screen, critical information for helicopter pilots flying in the complex and busy airspace that surround Brazilian cities, especially Saõ Paulo,” said  Marcos Pedrone, Jet Avionics’s Technical Director. “The EX600 can simultaneously display color radar, real-time lightning color lightning, and traffic from the dual-antenna, light-weight TAS600 Series active traffic awareness system.”

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), the EX600 features Avidyne’s renowned easy-to-use pilot interface—including innovative new Map Panning keys and 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, which is especially important for high workload helicopter operations.

All EX600s include the ability to display CMax™ approach charts & over 6,000 worldwide airport diagrams—including airport diagrams for more than 132 airports in Brazil.  CMax subscription services are available through Jeppesen. 

With interfaces to twenty 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 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/HTAWS 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 USD.

The EX600 MFD with Collins WXR250/270/300 or Bendix RDR1100/1200/1300/1400 interface is $16,990 USD.

Pricing does not include shipping and installation.

About Jet Avionics (www.jet-avionics.com.br)

Brazil has the second largest fleet of general aviation aircraft in the world, and Jet Avionics & Instruments Technology specializes in the maintenance, installation and certification of avionics systems in piston and turbine-powered airplanes at their facilities in Saõ Paulo and Jundiai. 

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