Avidyne Receives FAA Certification of DFC100 Autopilot for Entegra Release 9-Equipped Cirrus Aircraft

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced today they have received Technical Standard Order (TSO) and Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of the DFC100 Digital Flight Control System. The DFC100 autopilot, designed for use with Avidyne's Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck System, provides the precision and reliability of a dual-source attitude-based flight control system, as well as safety enhancements such as a Straight & Level mode and full-time Flight Envelope Alerting. This STC grants approval for the installation of the DFC100 in Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft. Avidyne also received TSO approval for Release 9.2 software, which provides DFC100 compatibility for the Entegra Release 9 system, and adds several other significant performance benefits "The DFC100 takes advantage of the powerful capabilities of the Entegra Release 9 system including attitude inputs from both IFDs for added safety and redundancy and full FMS integration that allows coupled VNAV descents, approaches, and missed approaches," said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne's Chief Operating Officer. "In addition, we have certified the DFC100 with Full-Time Envelope Alerting, which provides significant safety benefits, even when the autopilot and flight director are not engaged." "Entegra Release 9 was designed to significantly reduce pilot workload and enhance safety and the DFC100 represents the next building block in this fully-integrated system," said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne's President and CEO. "Leveraging the power of R9 and the DFC100, Cirrus owners can now have a truly-integrated flight deck system that reduces heads-down time, enhances redundancy for minimal disruption during failure modes, protects against inadvertent departure from the flight envelope, and dramatically reduces workload through all phases of flight."
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Source: Avidyne Corp.
Date: Feb 28, 2011