Avidyne Press Release

Brazilian-validated TAS600 AML STC removes cost- and time-burden associated of individual field approvals for each and every installation; Adds additional Brazilian Type Certificated (TC) aircraft models

Lincoln, MA – Monday, July 11, 2011 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, today announced that they have received Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil –Brasil (ANAC) validation for their Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML STC) for the installation of  the of  ADS-B-upgradeable TAS600 Series of Traffic Advisory Systems.  This approved model list validation includes more than 400 aircraft makes and models, including Brazilian Type Certificated (TC) aircraft models from the Indústria Aeronáutica Neiva family of Embraer and Piper-licensed aircraft.

“Brazil, especially the São Paulo region, has some of the densest air traffic in the world, and a high performance dual-antenna traffic system such as the TAS600 Series is critical to keeping pilots and their passengers safe,” said Patrick Herguth, Chief Operating Officer. “This AML has been extended to include a large number of aircraft that were licensed for manufacture in Brazil, and gives our Brazilian dealers a basis for installation approval that reduces the paperwork cost and time associated with each TAS600 installation.”

“Avidyne traffic systems have made a significant impact on aviation safety for general aviation aircraft owners around the world,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne President and CEO.  “Regional certification approvals are important to the continued success of our international dealers, and coupled with our aggressive pricing of our active traffic systems, we are providing significant safety benefits and cost savings for our customers.” 

TAS600 Series systems are the smallest, lightest, and most affordable dual-antenna active traffic system available, with prices starting at $8,495 for the TAS600. For more information on pricing, visit www.tas600.com

The updated Approved Model List (AML) applies to the installation of the TAS600, TAS605, TAS610, TAS615, TAS620, and Ryan 9900BX Traffic Advisory Systems.

High-Resolution images of TAS600 Series available at: http://www.avidyne.com/news/images.asp#tas600

About Avidyne Traffic Systems

Avidyne’s TAS600 Series currently comprises four models of dual-antenna, active-surveillance Traffic Advisory Systems—the TAS600, TAS605, TAS615, and TAS620—which actively interrogate other transponder-equipped aircraft, and independently compute range, bearing, and closure rate of these aircraft in order to provide pilots with an accurate display of nearby traffic and timely audible and visual alerts of conflicting traffic.   

All of Avidyne’s TAS600 models are fully upgradeable to ADS-B, and all TAS600 systems provide traffic information about any transponder-equipped airplane that is nearby, independent of whether the target aircraft has ADS-B equipment installed. 

With the addition of an ADS-B “In” signal, TAS600 customers have the ability to show ADS-B-equipped traffic on their existing TAS-compatible displays, in addition to any transponder-equipped traffic that may not be participating in ADS-B.  For more information, go to www.ads-bee.com.

Avidyne has delivered over 10,000 traffic systems thus far, which have been certified and installed on hundreds of different aircraft models worldwide. TAS600 systems are available for retrofit through Avidyne’s global network of Authorized Service Centers, and they are also available as standard equipment or factory options at several aircraft OEMs including Cessna, Diamond, Eurocopter, and Extra.

Avidyne products, including the TAS600 Series, are distributed internationally by DAC International and must be installed by any of Avidyne’s worldwide network of Authorized Dealerships.

For information, international customers can contact DAC at +1 512.331.5323 in the USA or via e-mail at avidyne@dacint.com

About DAC International, Inc. (www.dacint.com)

A subsidiary of Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc., DAC International's headquarters is located in Austin, Texas. DAC offers avionics and test equipment solutions for corporate and general aviation, airline, special mission and military aircraft operators, modification centers and manufacturers worldwide.

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, DFC90 and DFC100 digital flight control systems, datalink-capable EX600 multi-function displays, 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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