AVIDYNE GLASS PANEL INNOVATION HONORED BY SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

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Currently on display as part of the Thomas W. Haas We All Fly exhibit, Cirrus aircraft N266CD recognized for transformational innovation as first single-engine piston aircraft certified with an all-glass-panel flight deck, the Avidyne Entegra System.

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, and safety systems for general aviation announced that Avidyne Entegra Integrated Flight Deck System has been recognized by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. as part of the Thomas W. Haas We All Fly exhibit, in their display of a 2002 Cirrus SR22 aircraft.

The Cirrus SR22 aircraft on display--N266CD-- was the first single-piston engine aircraft to be certified by the FAA with a computer-based “glass panel” avionics suite of integrated flight instruments, consisting of a PFD (Primary Flight Display) and a MFD (Multi-Function Display). The sophisticated Avidyne Entegra system was the first to popularize a wide horizon attitude indicator, datalink weather, electronic chart display, and assisted lean of peak operation. In addition, the Avidyne DFC90 autopilot, first certified on the Cirrus, was the first general aviation autopilot with envelope protection and unusual attitude recovery capabilities. The Smithsonian said "As such, N266CD marked a new era for general aviation aircraft capability, technology, and safety,"

“Having been at the forefront of general aviation’s technological revolution and specifically in the early days with Cirrus, we are humbled, honored, and very proud to be recognized by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for our contribution to the advancement of general aviation avionics technology and aviation safety,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s President and CEO.

The Thomas W. Haas We All Fly exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. celebrates the breadth and depth of general aviation and its deep impact on society. This gallery explores the many facets of general aviation, from sport to business to humanitarian, and introduces the variety of careers available in aviation. Aircraft featured in the gallery include the Aviation Specialties Unlimited Challenger III, Cirrus SR22, and the Lear Jet 23. (https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/cirrus-sr22/nasm_A20190436000)

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