May 2010 Issue
Avidyne EX600: A Great MFD Gets Better
Avidyne reasserts itself with an upgrade to its popular EX500. The big brothers offers a larger, but dimmer, screen and some much-needed features.
Itís interesting to watch brilliantly engineered avionics grow stale.Two years is middle aged for panel gizmos and four years is geriatric. Avidyneís popular and feature-rich EX500 is trickle-down technology from the grander EX5000 Entegra MFD. Pilots now demanded more from an MFD than EX500 can offer. Avidyneís answer is the EX600. Call it an EX500 on steroids if you want, but we call it a much-needed improvement and a lease on life, perhaps for a year or two. Upgrade pricing from an EX500 is fair, but buying a new EX600 is pricey and installation could be a challenge in tight radio stacks as the bigger EX600 demands more vertical space. Hereís a closer look.
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