Two brand-new primary flight display systems have been unveiled at Oshkosh by Avidyne. The Lincoln MA-based company is showing an eight-inch primary flight display system and a large 15-inch display featuring its latest synthetic and enhanced vision systems (SVS & EVS).

The Entegra PFD4000, a new compact, 8-inch primary flight display system is designed to be installed as a six-pack replacement for analogue dials. The company says it will fit virtually any general aviation aircraft and will add enhanced situational awareness and reliability of an all-glass flight deck.


Tom Harper, director of marketing at Avidyne, says the PFD4000 offers traditional primary flight instrumentation, support for autopilot and flight director as well as altitude pre-select, vertical speed select and heading select modes. “Just like the Entegra EXP5000, it’s bigger brother, the PFD4000 has a wide-format artificial horizon, intuitive trend tapes for altitude, airspeed, and vertical speed, a full horizontal situation indicator (HSI) with moving map presentation of flight plan data and an RMI/Bearing pointer overlay. It also features full time wind vector all within the pilot’s primary field of view,” says Harper. “Its one-button access to frequent pilot settings such as altitude, vertical speed and heading, as well as a dedicated BARO knob, make it easy to use. It’s designed to have a learning curve of less than five minutes.

“The modular design of our PFDs provides customers with the option of an upgrade platform to support premium services such as Synthetic Vision (SVS), Enhanced Vision (EVS) and Highway in the Sky (HITS) displays as they become available,” Harper adds.

In a clear attempt to capture business from OEMs, Avidyne is demonstrating the aforementioned new Synthetic Vision System (SVS) and Enhanced Vision Sytem (EVS) on large-format 15-inch integrated flight displays.

Avidyne’s Entegra SVS depicts 3D terrain all the way out to the horizon, based on the aircraft’s altitude above the ground and shows obstacles, traffic and “Highway-in-the-Sky” (HITS) boxes. “SVS greatly enhances the utility of the airplane, improves the comfort level of passengers, and increases the safety of each flight,” says Harper.
The EVS uses a Max-Viz EVS-100 infrared camera, enabling pilots to see up to ten times further in marginal VFR conditions. “With SVS and EVS, pilots can now fly comfortably at night, enjoying clear views of the ground, seeing emergency landing fields, roads, lakes, and buildings,” says Harper.

Harper adds the Entegra system is ideal for OEMs – with Spectrum having chosen it as its avionics supplier for the S-33. “Oshkosh is the ideal place for us to launch these products. The pilots are here to buy and the OEMs are here to do deals,” he says.


Source: Flight International