Avionics Report

January 2009 Issue

Avidyne’s Revision Nine: The Best GA Glass So Far

Avidyne builds on the best of its successful Entegra system for its long-awaited replacement. While all the components arenít there yet, itís already a winner.

If you had to pick one company that broke the floodgates on glass cockpits for GA, it would be Avidyne. When Cirrus chose the Avidyne Entegra system for the SR-series aircraft, they became an industry leader. Piper also offered the Entegra system, and there are now over 4000 Entregra systems flying. But the Entegra was partly just a pretty faceóthat is, the GPS/nav/comm functions were actually done by Garmin avionics. When Garmin released its integrated G1000 system, the Entegra looked a bit dated in comparison. Columbia Aircraft offered a choice of systems to new buyers, and every single one chose the G1000. While Garminís G1000 evolved and L-3 Communications introduced its excellent SmartDeck, Avidyne was working away on the next generation of its flight deck system. The bulk of the system will be available this spring as Entegra Release Nine. Looking at both its user interface and capabilities, Avidyne is poised to retake the championship belt in glass cockpits for light aircraft.

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