June 28, 2013
By Dave Hirschman
Avidyne’s DFC90 autopilot can now be paired with Aspen’s EFD1000 PFDs for older Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft, Avidyne officials said.
The digital, attitude-based DFC90 autopilot has a “straight and level” button that can recover from unusual attitudes as well as “envelope protection” designed to prevent autopilot-induced stalls and overspeeds.
Cirrus produced SR20 and SR22 aircraft with primary analog avionics from 1999 until 2003. Both the DFC90 and EFD1000 are popular avionics retrofits.
“Expanding the Aspen EFD/DFC90 combination into early-model Cirrus aircraft is a natural progression in our autopilot certification roadmap,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne chief operating officer. “This certification means we can now offer the performance and safety benefits of our DFC90 to the fleet of more than 340 Cirrus aircraft.”
The DFC90 has been certified with the Aspen PFD in Cessna 182 Skylanes and Beechcraft Bonanzas.
“No one else is offering a retrofit autopilot for general aviation aircraft with the safety- and performance-enhancing capabilities of the DFC90,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne president and CEO. “We are working diligently to continue to expand our list of approved aircraft for the DFC90.”
Retail prices for DFC90s start at $9,995, and EFD1000s begin at $10,180 excluding installation.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large 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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