April 8, 2010
By Dave Hirschman
Avidyne has landed its first new aircraft manufacturer to offer its innovative Release 9 avionics suite as standard equipment. Extra Aircraft, a German manufacturer best known for world-class aerobatic aircraft, will offer Avidyne’s R9 system in its EA-500, a single-engine turboprop meant for business transportation.
Avidyne also is developing a series of new products designed for the retrofit market. The company’s EX600 MFD has a 5.8-inch (diagonal) display that can show terrain, weather, and traffic. Its DFC90 and DFC100 digital autopilots tie into existing Avidyne ADAHRS systems and are meant as slide-in replacements for S-Tec System 55X autopilots that come standard in Cirrus and other aircraft frequently fitted with Avidyne PFDs and MFDs.
The digital autopilots are designed to avoid inadvertent stalls while autopilots are controlling the aircraft, and they have a “straight and level” button as standard equipment.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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