Avidyne Announces DFC100 Autopilot for Piper PA-32 as Option With Entegra Release 9 Upgrade

EAA AirVenture – OSHKOSH – July 25, 2011-– Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced today that they are expanding the available market for the DFC100 Digital Flight Control System to include the Piper PA-32 aircraft, and that they are now accepting deposits from owners of Entegra-equipped aircraft who want to upgrade to Entegra Release 9 and DFC100. Certification of Entegra Release 9 upgrade for PA-32s and certification of the DFC100 for PA-32s are expected later this year. The DFC100 is currently certified for Entegra Release 9-equipped Cirrus SR20s and SR22s,

“The DFC100 takes advantage of the powerful capabilities of the Entegra Release 9 system, including the redundancy of dual ADAHRS inputs, and the enhanced performance of fully-coupled VNAV descents, approaches, and missed approaches,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are now accepting deposits from interested PA-32 owners who want to bring the performance and safety enhancements of Entegra Release 9 and the DFC100 to their aircraft.”

“Entegra Release 9 was designed with the DFC100 in mind, so it was just a matter of time before we could begin to offer it as an option on the PA-32 upgrade,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s President and CEO. “R9 and the DFC100 combine to reduce workload and heads-down time, enhance redundancy for minimal disruption during failure modes, and protect against inadvertent departure from the flight envelope.”

About DFC100

The DFC100 autopilot, designed for use with Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck System, provides the precision and reliability of a dual-source attitude-based flight control system, as well as safety enhancements such as a Straight & Level mode and full-time Flight Envelope Alerting. For more information, go to www.dfc100.com.

Pricing & Availability

The list price of the DFC100 Digital Flight Computer for Release 9-equipped aircraft aircraft is $14,995.

Entegra Release 9 with dual IFDs (dual ADAHRS) for retrofit into Entegra-equipped PA-32 aircraft starts at $72,800.

Avidyne is now accepting deposits for Entegra Release 9 and DFC100 autopilot of Piper PA-32 aircraft. Contact Reid Antonacchio at (239) 249-0414 for full details.

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 also includes the industry-leading Entegra integrated flight deck line for new and existing aircraft, DFC90 and DFC100 digital flight control systems, datalink-capable EX600 multi-function displays, the 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.