Avidyne Extends European Approval for MLX770 Satellite Datalink Transceiver to Include Pressurized Aircraft

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EASA Minor Change Approval provides installation basis for Iridium-based worldwide datalink system in the large fleet pressurized turbo-prop aircraft including Beechcraft King Airs, Piper PA-46s, SOCATA TBM700s, and Pilatus PC-12s registered in Europe.


Lincoln, MA – Monday, January 19, 2009 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced today that they have received Minor Change Approval (MCA) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for installation of their MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver into pressurized aircraft. Avidyne previously received EASA approval for MLX770 installations in unpressurized metal and composite aircraft in Europe, as well as a full Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval with an Approved Model List (AML) covering over 700 aircraft models of N-registered aircraft. 

“The strategic weather and two-way communication benefits of the MLX770 are equally valuable for single-engine piston aircraft all the way up through pressurized turboprop-class and light turbofan aircraft,” said Avidyne Chief Operating Officer, Patrick Herguth. “As we have completed our final approval hurdles, we can now install and provide the safety enhancements of the MLX770 on virtually any Part 23 aircraft in the world.”

The MLX770 brings comprehensive worldwide datalink weather services to the general aviation market, and is initially designed to interface with Avidyne’s EX500 and Entegra systems. Avidyne is also working with third-party display and Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) manufacturers to develop interface compatibility for future installations in Part 25 twin turbo-prop and turbofan jet aircraft.

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. Initial deliveries are being made now. Service pricing is expected to be $70 - $120 USD per month based on 10 hours of flying per month.

Avidyne currently has a limited-time Q1 2009 promotion that allows a $1,000 savings on the purchase of an MLX770 if you already own an EX500 or EX5000 MFD.  Additionally, if you purchase an EX500 MFD and an MLX770 during Q1 2009, Avidyne is offering a savings of $5,000 on the pair.

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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