Avidyne Moves Forward with Wider-Reaching Citation Retrofit Program for IFD5-Series FMS Navigators, Adding LPV Vertical Guidance, Synthetic Vision, ADS-B, and Wireless Connectivity

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Following the initial STC of the Avidyne IFD550/540 in the Cessna CitationJet 525/A Models, Avidyne aims for wider-reaching retrofits in Citation CJ1+, CJ2+ and CJ3.

 – Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – 

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced they are actively involved in multiple FMS upgrade programs to the venerable Cessna Citation series of aircraft, using their IFD550/545 FMS navigators to provide LPV approach capability, electronic approach charts, wireless connectivity, and ADS-B compliance at a much lower price point than competing solutions.

“After successfully integrating the IFD550/540 into the CJ525 and 525A,  we are pleased to announce that we are now actively working multiple certification programs to integrate our highly-capable IFD Series FMS systems into the CJ1+, CJ2+, and CJ3,” said Avidyne CEO Dan Schwinn.  “We are seeing significant interest from these aircraft operators who are looking for more affordable avionics modernization options, and we are giving them the most capability and value.”

“We were really excited to get our initial CJ certification in NASCAR legend Bill Elliott’s 2001 Cessna CJ1 and we are currently working on several other retrofit programs including certification of our IFD Series FMS in a CJ3 belonging to the highly-accomplished aviation executive and retired Space Shuttle astronaut Charlie Precourt,”  said John Talmadge, Avidyne’s Director of Worldwide Sales.

“Avidyne’s IFD FMS systems, which feature our innovative new GPS LegacyAviation System (GLAS™) protocol, provides a direct interface to legacy avionics systems in these CitationJet aircraft without the exorbitant costs of external adapter boxes or EFIS factory upgrades, ”  Talmadge added.

Citation CJ1+,  CJ2+,  and CJ3 owners who upgrade to the Avidyne IFD Series FMS systems will add easy-to-use, hybrid-touch FMS capability, autopilot-coupled LPV approach capability, 3D synthetic vision views of nearby terrain, obstacles, and traffic, plus integrated wireless connectivity to the IFD100 and many third-party apps including ForeFlight®, plus an option for  dual Avidyne SkyTrax 322 remote-mount or SkyTrax 340 panel-mounted Mode S transponders for ADS-B OUT compliance.

In July 2018, Avidyne received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval of dual hybrid-touchscreen IFD550/540 Series FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems, for installation in Cessna CitationJet 525 and 525A models with Collins Pro Line 21 and the FGC-3000 Digital Flight Control System.

About the IFD550/IFD545 

Avidyne’s IFD550 is a full-featured FMS/GPS/NAV/COM with hybrid-touch user interface that offers pilots the best of touch screen operation, along with dedicated knobs and buttons for easy control through all phases of flight. The IFD545 is GPS-only version of the IFD550, without the VHF NAV/COM functionality, for customers who choose to keep their legacy radios.  IFD550/545 FMS systems feature an integrated Attitude Reference Sensor (ARS).  The ARS detects Pitch and Roll motion and enables the display of dynamic Synthetic Vision (SVS) with full-motion three-dimensional “out-the-window” views as well as exocentric “in-trail” views of the aircraft and nearby terrain, obstacles, traffic and terrain.  The IFD550/545 also gives pilots the ability to overlay Horizontal and Vertical Deviation Indicators, a Total Velocity Vector (TVV)/Flight Path Marker, and adjustable field of regard.  IFD550/545 systems have a list price starting at $19,999.

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