July 27, 2010
By Dave Hirschman
Avidyne founder Dan Schwinn said the pioneering avionics firm’s new DFC90 autopilot will be a technology foundation for a variety of upcoming safety features.
The autopilot offers new “flight envelope protection” features that guard against critically high or low airspeeds and prevent autopilot-induced stalls, Schwinn said July 27 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. The DFC90 also has a “straight and level” button that automatically recovers aircraft from unusual attitudes.
Avidyne has sold several hundred DFC90s for retrofits on existing aircraft with Entegra glass cockpits. The attitude-based autopilot has a retail price of about $13,800 installed.
Schwinn said collision-avoidance systems are another bright spot for the Massachusetts-based company. Avidyne’s TAS605 system has a retail price of $8,450 and other systems range up to $21,000. Avidyne has delivered more than 10,000 of the airborne warning systems to date.
“You’ll see surveillance becoming an even more significant part of our business in the future,” Schwinn said.
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.
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