Eclipse Aviation and Avidyne have decided to “terminate their relationship,” according to Andrew Broom, Eclipse’s director of public relations.
“Avidyne will no longer supply components for the Avio Total Aircraft Integration system in the Eclipse 500,” Broom said. “We have agreed it is in the mutual best interest of both companies, and our customers, to wind down our relationship and go our separate ways.”
The change will not affect Eclipse 500 production or delivery, he said.
“All near-term customer aircraft will have the Avidyne components installed, and Eclipse will be retrofitting these early deliveries with the new components,” he said. “The exact timing of the production cut-in is currently being finalized.”
The Avio system, however, will “continue to be an integral part of the Eclipse 500,” Broom stated, “and we are confident in our ability to deliver all of the promised functionality to our customers on an aggressive schedule.”
According to Broom, Eclipse already has partnered with a new team of “proven, reliable suppliers” to carry on development of the Avio system, but he did not name them. However, Eclipse “has been working closely with this group behind the scenes for a number of months, and has already made significant progress,” he said. “We expect the change to be seamless for our customers.”
Broom said that announcement of the new suppliers will be made by mid-March.
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