Avidyne Corp. premiered a new feature called “FMS Preview” for its award-winning Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck (R9) avionics system at this week’s Sun ‘n Fun.
FMS Preview allows pilots to see a graphical presentation on the split-screen map as they scroll through the list of available departures, airways, transitions, and approach procedures in the R9 Flight Management System (FMS). FMS Preview will be available as part of the upcoming Entegra Release 9.1 software that is targeted for certification later in the second quarter of 2010.
FMS Preview also includes an “FMS Centered” view that centers the map on any selected waypoint in the flight plan. This enables pilots to scroll through the flight plan and view the entire route of flight at a single range setting on the map, to get a better idea of the weather along the route.
“The ability to view datalink weather all along your route is a tremendous benefit of FMS Preview,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s Chief Operating Officer. “Not only can pilots be sure they are choosing the correct procedure, they can also see the procedure relative to datalink weather on the map, to ensure they are choosing the best route or best approach for the current weather conditions.”
In other news, Avidyne unveiled the Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck avionics suite for the Extra EA-500 aircraft. Extra Aircraft is the first manufacturer to choose the Entegra Release 9 suite as factory-standard equipment.
“We chose Avidyne for their innovation, overall ease of use, and truly-redundant system architecture,” said Walter Extra, founder of Extra Aircraft. “We are quite pleased with the progress we have made in integrating the Release 9 Flight Deck into the EA-500 aircraft. Release 9 is a key differentiator for our high-performance aircraft.”