The Avidyne displays are seen as the cornerstone of Cirrus' short-range plans to incorporate an increasing number of utilities into the multifunction display. Plans include showing pilots digital engine and fuel monitoring, satellite-linked weather information, terrain warnings and approach chart display.
Cirrus will build all new-order airplanes with the Avidyne multifunction displays, and the company is urging customers to upgrade existing orders to the new package. Avidyne MFDs will also be available as retrofit packages for installation in existing SR20s and SR22s.
Avidyne has also announced that its FlightMax 950, 850, 750, 650 and 450 systems can display curved paths, such as DME arcs, procedure turns and holding patterns, when paired with the Garmin 400/500 series GNS navigators. FlightMax displays can now also interface with Bendix/King's KTA 870 traffic sensor and KMA 880 IHAS system, as well as with the Ryan TCAD 9900BX traffic sensor. FlightMax can interface with 22 radar systems, Honeywell's enhanced ground proximity warning system and all popular traffic alerting systems. New systems are already shipping with these improvements; upgrades to existing FlightMax systems will be available later this spring at a cost of $500.