Avidyne Receives TSO Approval for MLX770 Satellite Datalink Weather Transceiver

11/03/08
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Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced today that their new MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver has received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval, opening up a new worldwide market for datalink weather display systems and services – a market presently un-served by anyone in general aviation.


Innovative new MLX770 enhances safety for GA pilots around the world using WSI InFlight® Weather via the global Iridium® Satellite Network

Lincoln, MA – November 03, 2008 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced today that their new MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver has received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval, opening up a new worldwide market for datalink weather display systems and services – a market presently un-served by anyone in general aviation.

The MLX770 was approved to TSO C159 for “Avionics Supporting Next Generation Satellite Systems (NGSS).” Utilizing Avidyne’s proven Network Operations Center (NOC) and capitalizing on the reach and reliability of the 66-satellite global Iridium Satellite Network, the MLX770 delivers strategic datalink weather services to Entegra- and EX500-equipped aircraft operating throughout the world, including Europe, Australia, and Latin America.

The MLX770 is initially targeted to the large installed base of Avidyne-equipped aircraft already flying worldwide, including the more than 600 Entegra-equipped Cirrus SR20s and SR22s based in Europe.

“Getting TSO approval for the MLX770 paves the way for Avidyne to begin fulfilling the large backlog of orders for this hot new market-defining product,” said Avidyne president Dan Schwinn. “With our already-proven NOC, certification by Iridium, and our partnership with WSI for weather content, we have all the wheels in motion to meet the demand for this highly-anticipated safety enhancement system around the world.”

“We congratulate Avidyne for getting their TSO and bringing this safety-enhancing capability to market on schedule,” said Mark D. Miller, Vice President and General Manager of WSI’s Aviation Business. “Through our partnership with Avidyne, international aircraft operators can now enjoy the safety and operational benefits of WSI aviation weather that was previously available only in North America,” continued Miller.

About the MLX770
The MLX770 Datalink Transceiver provides WSI’s industry-leading InFlight® weather data products for display on Avidyne’s Entegra and EX500 Multi-Function Displays (MFD). Standard weather products include worldwide graphical METARs, textual METARs, and TAFs; Radar is offered as a Premium service. Additionally, the MLX770 provides convenient two-way text messaging between your airborne MFD and compatible ground-based SMS-capable mobile phones or e-mail addresses, allowing pilots to communicate with family and friends from their aircraft while in flight. Avidyne and WSI plan to add other weather products in the near future including Winds & Temps Aloft, in-flight weather advisories (NOTAMs), SATRad® radar, and Lightning.

The MLX770 is also available for use in North America, either as a primary means of datalink weather, or along with the Avidyne MLB700 Sirius®-based broadcast datalink receiver, as part of Avidyne’s exclusive MultiLink™ capability. Avidyne also offers a TWX670, which provides tactical color lighting detection to complement the strategic benefits of datalink as part of Avidyne’s Entegra Weather Series.

The compact MLX770 datalink transceiver weighs only 1.64 kgs (3.6 lbs.) and is contained in a 152mm x 203mm x 76mm (6.0”x8.0”x3.0”) box and can be mounted with or without the optional mounting tray. The ANT77 Iridium patch antenna measures 88mm-diameter x 14mm high (3.5” dia x ¾”) and fits easily on virtually any general aviation aircraft or helicopter.

Pricing and Availability
The introductory price for the MLX770 Two-Way Datalink Transceiver is $11,995 USD including antenna. Avidyne and DAC International are accepting orders now for the MLX770, with initial deliveries beginning in mid-Q4 2008. Service pricing is expected to be $70 - $120 USD per month based on 10 hours of flying per month.

For information, international customers can contact DAC International, Inc. via telephone at +1 512.331.5323 in the USA or via e-mail at avidyne@dacint.com.

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About Avidyne Corporation
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and its Flying Made Simple™ system design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company’s expanding line of products include the industry-leading Entegra integrated flight deck systems for new and existing aircraft, datalink-capable EX5000 and EX500 multi-function displays and the dual-antenna TAS600 series of active traffic advisory systems, the MLB700 broadcast datalink receiver, the MLX770 world-wide datalink transceiver, and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system. Headquartered in Lincoln, MA, the company has facilities in Columbus, OH, Melbourne, FL, and Boulder, CO. Sign up to be an Avidyne Insider at http://www.avidyne.com/landing/fms.asp.

About WSI Corporation
WSI Corporation is the world's leading provider of weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the aviation, media and energy markets. WSI’s proactive operation management suite ensures common situational awareness and continuity in decisions through every phase of flight. Voted the #1 service by professional pilots for 10 consecutive years, WSI Pilotbrief™ provides professional pilots with a comprehensive preflight briefing prior to takeoff, helping pilots plan safe and efficient operations. WSI InFlight® provides pilots real-time and on-demand graphic weather information in the cockpit, improving safety and weather-avoidance routing in-flight. WSI Fusion enables flight operators to stay ahead of changing operational conditions and take immediate action, improving safety and operational performance. WSI Hubcast™ provides airport stakeholders with precise terminal forecasts to proactively plan traffic flow, snow removal, and deicing operations. WSI also provides cockpit weather services via the FAA’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) Flight Information Services including Capstone and SafeFlight 21. Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts with offices in Birmingham, England, WSI is a member of The Weather Channel Companies. For more information call (800) USA-2FLY, or visit: www.wsi.com In the Eastern Hemisphere call +44 (0) 121 233 7600.

About DAC International, Inc. (www.dacint.com)
DAC International, Inc. is the designated sales representative for all of Avidyne Corporation’s aftermarket business outside of the United States. DAC is an avionics sales and distribution company that specializes in the sale and distribution of sophisticated avionics products, systems and test equipment to the world's airlines, corporate aircraft, modification centers, aircraft manufacturers, special mission, and military markets. In support of our clients, DAC's dedicated sales professionals offer a combined total of over 160-man-years experience serving these markets. DAC has established 392 dealerships around the world for the sale and support of products we distribute.

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