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AVIDYNE ANNOUNCES APPROVED-MODEL-LIST CERTIFICATION FOR IFD NAVIGATORS IN NINE HELICOPTER MODELS

AML-STC provides streamlined installation approval of Avidyne IFD Series FMS/GPS systems as replacements for legacy GNS Navigators in Airbus Helicopter AS350, AS355, EC120, EC130 & EC135, Leonardo A109 & A119, and Bell Textron 206 & 407.

Melbourne, FL. – February 22, 2024 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, is pleased to announce that U.K.-based Horizon Design Services has received Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) validation of an Approved Model List-Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for installation of the Avidyne IFD-Series FMS/ GPS/ NAV/ COM systems as replacements for legacy GNS-Series navigators in nine different helicopter models. 

“This AML-STC provides a streamlined basis for installation of the Avidyne IFDs in a broad range of popular helicopters, eliminating the need for dealers and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facilities to perform costly field approvals with these avionics upgrades,” said Avidyne President, Dan Schwinn. “We have had a lot of success with AML-STCs in the fixed-wing market, and we are really pleased that Horizon was able to move forward with this Helicopter AML.”

"This Part 27 AML-STC covers the installation of the IFD5XX/4XX equipment as replacements for unrepairable legacy GNS-series navigators into nine different helicopter models comprising a market of over 20,000 aircraft," said Michael Hodby, Managing Director of Horizon Design Services. “We are making this STC package available for helicopter MROs at a nominal cost, allowing for an easier transition from obsolete GNS systems to the highly capable Avidyne IFD series slide in replacement navigators.”

The Avidyne IFD series are modern slide-in replacements for legacy GNS430/530/W Series navigators, and can utilize the existing GNS trays, connectors, and wiring, dramatically reducing installation time and cost.  The IFDs are well suited for helicopter operations with both knob/button and touch screen controls, 3D synthetic vision, HTAWS, RS-170 video support, heliport databases, and display of nearby traffic and weather.  

Pricing & Availability

The AML-STC package for helicopters can be purchased by authorized dealers and MROs directly from Horizon Design Services for $2,500.00 USD per aircraft.   Customers should contact Horizon Design Services directly at +44 (0)78 2550 0609 or [email protected] to purchase the STC-AML.

About Horizon Avionics: (www.horizonaero.co.uk)

Horizon Avionics are based at London Southend Airport and Specialize in Avionics Installations, EASA approved Major/Minor Design packages and EASA approved Product Kits.  Horizon Avionics engineers have well over 100 years combined experience working in Civil and Military aviation on a multitude of Aircraft/Helicopters from Cessna 152 through to Boeing 767. The company prides itself on being able to provide an affordable, reliable & professional service while working to the highest standards on every aircraft they look after.

About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and product design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company offers a full line of avionics systems for corporate, military, and owner-flown piston- and turbine-powered fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft. Headquartered in Melbourne, FL, the company has additional facilities in Westerville, OH, and Concord, MA. 

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