Third technical achievement award is for Avidyne’s FMS; Previous recipients were for solid-state ADAHRS and all-software VHF radio
Lincoln, MA – Tuesday, March 18, 2008 – Avidyne Corporation has presented its Technical Achievement Award for 2007 to senior engineer Steve Lindsley for his contribution to the development of an intuitive, high-integrated, dual-redundant Flight Management System (FMS) for general aviation (GA). Lindsley, who joined Avidyne in 2004, earned previous awards for technical achievement during a distinguished career at Honeywell Defense Avionics Systems in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“There is no doubt that Steve’s contribution to the architecture of this FMS has helped Avidyne accomplish its mission of bringing an integrated flight deck to general aviation aircraft,” said Avidyne Chief Executive Officer Dan Schwinn, in announcing the award. “Steve’s work has been instrumental in creating a Flight Management System that will appeal to pilots across the general aviation product spectrum. It will lighten the workload of pilots operating turbine-class aircraft and will be great for VFR pilots who fly simple direct-to flights, as well. There’s virtually no part of this system that he hasn’t designed or built. He’s definitely deserving of this recognition,” Schwinn added.
The FMS that Lindsley helped develop is designed to be the easiest-to-use system available for GA. It is a fully-compliant RTCA DO-229D, Gamma 3 navigation system that allows pilots to fly WAAS precision approaches to ILS minimums, and is designed for Required Navigation Performance (RNP). Patent-pending GeoFill™ capability makes entering a complex flight plan nearly as simple as tuning the aircraft’s radios, reducing pilot workload significantly. Its unique Vectors Mode™ also contributes to situational awareness by drawing heading vectors onto the system’s moving map.
Lindsley received the 2007 Technical Achievement Award on March 18. He is the third recipient of the honor. The official introduction of the new FMS will be at the annual Sun ‘N Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. Preliminary information has also been presented in the “Avidyne Insider” eNewsletter to prospects who have registered with Avidyne at www.avidyne.com.
In 2004, current Avidyne Director of Engineering (then senior engineer) Mark Krebs won the company’s first Technical Achievement Award for his work on the development and certification of the world’s first low-cost, solid-state Air Data and Attitude Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) for general aviation. It became the heart of Avidyne’s Entegra Integrated Flight Deck.
In 2006, Senior Software Engineer Sami Wahab was honored with the Avidyne Technical Achievement Award for his contributions to the development of Avidyne’s all software, digital VHF NAV/COM radios which were certified that same year on the Eclipse E500 Very Light Jet.
About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)
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 Entegra integrated flight decks for new aircraft, Envision integrated flight decks for 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 and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system. Headquartered in Lincoln, MA, the company has facilities in Columbus, OH, Melbourne, FL, and Boulder, CO.