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Eclipse Aviation receives FAA certification of Avio NG

Dec. 21, 2007, Albuquerque, NM - Eclipse Aviation has announced that it has received certification of Avio NG from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


December 21, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

Dec. 21, 2007, Albuquerque, NM – Eclipse Aviation has announced that it has
received certification of Avio NG from the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA). The Avio NG Total Aircraft Integration(tm) system, exclusive to the Eclipse 500 VLJ, provides centralized control of virtually all Eclipse 500 systems and avionics functions.  Avio NG significantly reduces pilot workload by simplifying tasks, generating useful information and acting as a virtual copilot.

Certification of Avio NG marks the completion of an intensive effort to develop and certify a significantly improved Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) and Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) functionality for the Eclipse 500.  This milestone was achieved in a short ten months following the company's announcement that it would replace the equipment supplied by Avidyne, and build and certify the improved Avio NG system.  As the lead integrator, Eclipse Aviation certified Avio NG with the support of its world-class partners, including Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (IS&S), Honeywell, Garmin International and PS Engineering, Inc.

"Certifying Avio NG marks one of our greatest accomplishments," said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation.  "Avio NG now provides the seamless, safe, and reliable jet operating experience we always envisioned for our customers.  It sets a new standard for single-pilot aircraft operations."

With Avio NG installed, Eclipse 500 customers receive higher primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD) resolution, enhanced user interface features, four-color weather radar and greater overall systems reliability.  Avio NG also provides increased functionality for optional equipment, including a third AHRS, Skywatch® HP, Class B TAWS, DME, ADF and a Mode S enhanced transponder with diversity capability.  As additional Avio NG functionality is certified in early 2008, Eclipse 500 customers will be able to add these features through simple software updates.
Avio NG is designed to align with the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) integrated plan.  Avio NG equips the Eclipse 500 for the future by providing an architecture platform that incorporates the migration of technology envisioned with NextGen.  Since Avio NG is designed with NextGen in mind, all of the NextGen technology solutions can be incorporated at little or no cost to Eclipse 500 owners.

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Aircraft 105, the first production Eclipse 500 equipped with Avio NG, has just received its certificate of airworthiness and will be delivered to its owner in the coming weeks.  Eclipse will ensure a homogenous Eclipse 500 fleet by modifying all in-service Eclipse 500s with Avio NG by the end of 2008, at the company's expense.