Gordon: My understanding was also that charts would be available on the Avidyne. However, today 11-16-01, I received this email from Avidyne:
"Thank you for your email. We currently haven’t outlined the datalink services yet including the
features offered such as ceiling/visibility, wind vectors etc. We expect to announce the service
packages closer to product launch which is scheduled for mid 2002. Cirrus will dictate when
datalink will be available on the Cirrus version of the EX5000, but we expect it to be around the
same time as product launch. As with all FlightMax products, the EX5000 will be upgradeable so
datalink and other enhancements can be added as new technology arises.
Cirrus has indicated to us that they will begin Avidyne installations in production aircraft in January,
2002. We will have the portable loader and subscription services available at that time for Nav Data
updates. We haven’t finalized the subscription services yet, and the loader may or may not be
included with the subscription. The services will only offer Nav Data, no charts or sectionals (they
are not available on the EX5000). The NavData includes updates on all airspace, waypoint, airway,
airport etc. information. It will also include obstacle and curved flight path information.
We haven’t looked into interfacing with the Garmin GTX 330 yet. Cirrus is dictating to us the
interfaces they want to see. If they request us to research interfacing with the Garmin GTX 330, we
will do so. You may want to discuss this with Cirrus Representatives. If you have any other
questions, please let me know. Thanks and have a great weekend.
If your information is correct, that is Avidyne will read the JeppView chart data off the CD and display on the screen, that is a real breakthrough!
This would be the very first instance of a single subscription actually being able to be used by multiple devices. I already plan to subscribe to JeppView and in fact Jeppesen sent me a sample CD that works fine. If I can load this in my laptop and review and print charts in the flight planning stage and then take the CD to the aircraft and load it into the Avidyne I am then able to use my subscription for display of the same data in two different ways. That’s where all of this subscription business should be going. I would like to get the the point where I pay Jeppesen a single subscription fee and get data that can be read by my laptop,. the Avidyne, the Garmin 430’s and by the Sandel instead of paying many times over for the same basic data in various data formats.
Only question is: why does Jamie Luster from Avidyne indicate that no charts or sectionals are available on the EX5000? Have you got any further insights from the AOPA convention on this point?