April 2, 2009

Avidyne and Jeppesen Partner to Make CMax Charts and Airport Diagrams Standard on All Avidyne MFDs

Avidyne and Jeppesen continue partnership to further enhance safety and reduce runway incursions by providing broader customer access to electronic charts and airport diagrams.

Aircraft Electronics Association, Dallas | 02 Apr 2009 | By Avidyne/Jeppesen

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, and Jeppesen, the industry-leading provider of flight deck information and optimization solutions, announced today that Avidyne’s CMax™ Electronic Approach Chart software, including Jeppesen’s worldwide coverage of airport diagrams, is now standard on all new EX500 and EX5000 Multi-Function Displays (MFDs). Avidyne will also enable current EX500 and EX5000 MFD customers to upgrade for a fraction of the previous cost for the CMax option.

“Avidyne and Jeppesen both recognize the incredible situational awareness benefit of electronic geo-referenced airport diagrams and charts in the cockpit,” said Thomas Wede, Jeppesen senior vice president and general manager, Aviation. “The ability to see your aircraft position directly on the chart dramatically reduces the potential for errors while taxiing.”

“The approach phase of IFR flight requires the highest pilot workload, and the potential for runway incursions–especially at unfamiliar airports–is a growing concern identified by the NTSB on its 2009 Most Wanted list,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s chief operating officer. “With CMax, IFR pilots will appreciate the added safety benefits and workload reduction of geo-referenced electronic approach charts and airport diagrams, while VFR pilots now have the benefit of worldwide airport diagrams.”

“Avidyne’s vision has always been about making avionics that are easier to use and that make flying safer,” said Avidyne president and CEO, Dan Schwinn. “We are pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with Jeppesen to further enhance safety and reduce runway incursions by providing broader customer access to crucial electronic approach charts and worldwide airport diagrams.”

About CMax Electronic Approach Charts & Airport Diagrams
With CMax, customers can gain access to Jeppesen’s new electronic worldwide airport diagram service on their EX500 or EX5000 MFD. This new service features worldwide coverage of airport diagrams from Jeppesen’s trusted electronic chart library. The service includes 6,004 locations, 5,695 of which are geo-referenced charts, meaning Avidyne displays will overlay the flight plan and aircraft position directly on the chart, making it possible to view the aircraft position directly on runways, taxiways, and ramps. As part of the special CMax upgrade package, new customers will receive a 90-day trial service and JeppView® PC-based electronic chart software that allows customers to view the airport layout and print the charts before flight.

Pricing and Availability
All new Avidyne EX500 and EX5000 MFDs now come standard with CMax Charts. CMax is now available for $499 as an upgrade from Avidyne for existing EX500 and EX5000 MFDs.

VFR customers can update their worldwide airport diagrams through Jeppesen via yearly subscriptions for $195.00, which includes 26 consecutive cycles.
IFR customers can update their approach charts and airport diagrams through Jeppesen via yearly subscription which include 26 consecutive cycles. Prices vary by region–please contact Jeppesen for details. Updates are available through the internet every two weeks.

For additional information:
Avidyne: 800.AVIDYNE (800.284.3963) or visit www.avidyne.com
Jeppesen: 800.621.5377

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.

For more information, contact:
Tom Harper
Avidyne Corporation

Kate Dougherty
On behalf of Avidyne

Shelly Simi

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