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Avidyne Corporation is a market-leader in the design and manufacturing of integrated avionics systems for general aviation (GA) aircraft. Avidyne is headquartered in Lincoln, MA, with facilities in Melbourne, FL. and Westerville (Columbus), OH.

Avidyne designs and manufactures integrated instruments, flight displays, VHF and GPS-based navigation, communication, and data link transceivers, digital flight control systems, as well as a range of ADS-B, traffic detection and weather detection sensors.

Experienced entrepreneur and pilot Dan Schwinn founded Avidyne in 1994 with the mission of modernizing GA avionics by applying advanced technology in order to improve safety and increase aircraft utility. “As a pilot and aircraft owner, I was struck by how little GA cockpits had changed over the last 30 years,” said Schwinn. “I saw huge potential to develop a core technology and define a new generation of avionics that improve flying safety.”

The company set a new standard in ease of use with its full line of panel-mounted avionics, including the IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs with Hybrid Touch, Page & Tab user interface, easy GeoFill™ and Airway flight planning, and integrated Bluetooth® and WiFi capability. In addition, the IFD540 and IFD440 are plug-and-play, direct replacements for obsolete GNS530/430-series navigators, dramatically simplifying installation and overall cost when upgrading. Rounding out Avidyne’s avionics stack offering are the AMX240 audio panel with integrated marker Beacon and 6-place, voice-activated intercom, the AXP340 Mode S ADS-B OUT Transponder, AXP322 remote-mounted ADS-B OUT Transponder, and SkyTrax100 978MHz ADS-B IN solution.

Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 system represents the next generation of integrated flight deck systems for general aviation aircraft, including high-resolution IFD5000 displays, dual Air Data and Attitude Heading Reference Systems (ADAHRS), dual-redundant FMS900w systems with a QWERTY keypad, next-generation fully-digital 16-watt VHF NAV/COM radios, and dual WAAS/RNP-capable GPS receivers. With Entegra Release 9, Avidyne has developed a truly integrated system that is specifically designed to eliminate complexity, reduce head-down time, provide a whole new level of redundancy, and dramatically enhance safety for OEM and retrofit applications.

Avidyne’s DFC90 and DFC100 digital autopilot systems feature industry-leading innovations like EP® (Avidyne's Envelope Protection) and full time Envelope Alerting (EA®), as well as a one-button ‘Straight & Level’ recovery system, dramatically enhancing safety.

Avidyne’s dual-antenna SkyTrax Series Traffic Advisory Systems provide unsurpassed traffic detection capability, which helps pilots avoid surprises due to the shadowing effects inherent with single-antenna systems, offering a full upgrade path to ADS-B IN with VeriTAS™, allowing pilots to see ADS-B traffic, along with on-board active-surveillance SkyTrax traffic right on existing SkyTrax-compatible displays.

Avidyne has three locations in the United States, including its Headquarters in Lincoln, MA, Safety Systems Group in Columbus, OH, and its NAV/COM Avionics Group and manufacturing facility in Melbourne, FL. Avidyne also provides worldwide product support out of its Avidyne-Europe, Avidyne-Australasia, and Avidyne-Brazil facilities.

Avidyne Firsts

Avidyne’s History of Industry firsts includes the following:

  • First Integrated Flight Deck for light GA aircraft
  • First two-seat trainer aircraft Integrated Flight Deck
  • First single-engine turbine aircraft Integrated Flight Deck
  • First active traffic advisory system under $10,000
  • First integrated Datalink multifunction displays
  • First multi-channel datalink communications for MFDs
  • First to certify Satellite Datalink Weather for light GA aircraft
  • First large-format MFD to display both airborne radar and NEXRAD weather
  • First to develop and demonstrate VHF Digital Link Mode-3 (VDL-3) (NEXCOM) avionics for general aviation
  • First plug-and-play autopilot with Flight EP
  • First FMS system with easy-to-use Vectors™ mode and GeoFill™

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