Avidyne is offering a stripped-down version of its Entegra Release 9 that knocks up to half the price from the high-end integrated avionics suite.
The Release 9 Silver has two independent flight displays, the Release 9 hallmark. But they are driven by one air data attitude heading reference system (not two), don’t have WAAS approaches, and come without keyboards. The silver system sells for $39,000, however, instead of $72,800 for the premium package now known as Release 9 Platinum.
“Avidyne’s strategy is to provide a broad portfolio of flight deck options that meet the missions and budgets of our customers,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s COO.
Avidyne is also offering a mid-range Release 9 package known as Release 9 Gold that sells for $59,000. The R9 Silver and Gold packages will be available in September, and the R9 Platinum is shipping now.
In a press conference to announce the new R9 packages, Dan Schwinn, Avidyne president and CEO, said the general aviation business climate is improving after a wrenching downturn that he said hit bottom in the first quarter of this year.
“Light GA is through the bottom of the dip,” he said. “We’re seeing small but steady and meaningful improvements.”