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Tue, Jul 24, 2007

Avidyne Intros MLB700 Weather, Satellite Radio Receiver

Brings WSI InFlight Weather, Sirius To Avidyne EX500, EX5000 MFDs

At a Tuesday gathering at AirVenture 2007, Avidyne Corporation unveiled its new MLB700 Broadcast Datalink Receiver for WSI InFlight weather service and Sirius Satellite Radio programming, expanding the range of weather and digital audio programming options available for Avidyne EX500 and EX5000 multifunction displays (MFDs).

The MLB700 is the latest in a growing line of sensor products from Avidyne’s Safety Systems Group in Columbus, OH, and joins the new TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system, introduced separately, and the popular dual-antenna TAS600 series traffic awareness systems. It also expands the range of datalink weather and audio services available with Avidyne’s industry-leading MFDs, which Avidyne notes were the first in light GA to deliver datalink-radar overlay capability for strategic and tactical weather decisions.

"The MLB700 gives Avidyne MFD owners fantastic safety enhancements, comfort and value," said Avidyne Director of Aftermarket Sales Jamie Luster. "WSI InFlight weather products, including the award-winning NOWrad radar mosaic, are well-known and highly respected by pilots worldwide, and Sirius Satellite Radio’s programming is enjoyed by millions of subscribers across the country."

The MLB700 system receives WSI InFlight weather data products for informed cockpit weather decisions and improved situational awareness. The data include WSI’s awardwinning NOWrad radar mosaic showing cell height, movement and forecast movement, and datalink lighting from the long-range United States Precision Lightning Network (USPLN).

The system also can show winds and temperatures aloft, TAFs, graphical and textual METARS, AIRMETS and SIGMETS, For pilot and passenger comfort and enjoyment, the MLB700 optionally delivers 130 channels of Sirius sports, news, talk, and music programming for enjoyment over an aircraft audio system.

Avidyne's RC70 remote control lets the passengers or crew browse and select the audio channel to be played over the aircraft audio system using the built-in display.

The MLB700 is designed for easy installation and access and includes a USB port to enable new features and future enhancements through software upgrades. The Avidyne EX5000 (10.4 inch diagonal) and EX500 (5.5-inch diagonal) MFDs feature high-resolution moving map displays that can show flight plan information and graphical weather data.

"Avidyne MFDs are among the most popular and capable situational awareness displays in general aviation today and a great match for our industry-leading WSI InFlight weather products," said Jim Menard, General Manager of WSI’s Aviation Business Group. "The combined knowledge and technical innovation of our two companies is giving pilots invaluable information for making cockpit weather decisions for safe and enjoyable flying."

The MLB700 with data and digital audio capability is $5,495, and includes the RC70 wireless remote control. The RC70 allows control of the audio programming from anywhere in the aircraft, and includes an LCD display of the category/channel name, channel number, artist name, song title or program information, plus presets, signal and battery strength. A data-only version of the MLB700 is also available with prices starting at $4,745. Customers can save an additional $500 on the MLB700 when it is purchased in combination with an EX500 or as part of an MHAS6000 package. Customers who purchase an Avidyne weather subscription by December 31, 2007 may also qualify for a one-year subscription to WSI’s Pilot Briefing Online service at no additional cost.

FMI: www.wsi.com, www.siriusradio.com, www.avidyne.com

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