Bigfork, MT October 8, 2019
uAvionix Corporation today announced it has acquired AeroVonics LLC, an award-winning startup avionics company based in Albuquerque, NM. uAvionix Corporation will incorporate the AV-20-S Multi-Function Display (MFD) and the AV-30 Primary Flight Display (PFD) products into their existing, low-cost and easily-installed product line. The acquisition marks uAvionix’s first foray into advanced digital cockpit displays for the General Aviation (GA) market.
The AV-20-S series MFD is approved under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) process and can be installed as a Minor Alteration in most GA aircraft. The AV-20-S provides multiple functions such as a Standby Attitude Indicator, derived Angle of Attack, Clocks and Timers, Outside Air Temperature, Density Altitude and a G Meter, all with a 30-minute internal battery backup. The AV-20-S fits into a standard 2” round instrument hole and requires minimal installation time.
The AV-30 series PFD is currently available for experimental aircraft and is on track to receive Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for certified aircraft. The AV-30 includes a highly customizable user interface with displays of Primary Attitude, Slip and Direction of Flight. Pilots can also select from a wide variety of supplemental flight parameters (similar to those of the AV-20-S) and customize up to three user pages, selecting from various color schemes and font sets. Autopilot integration will begin in 2020, after the initial STC approval. The AV-30 fits into a standard 3” round instrument hole and preserves the circular display format associated with the legacy instrument panel.
“I just can’t tell you how ecstatic we are to bring the expertly executed AeroVonics technology into this new era of uAvionix. These products are truly best in class, and as standalone products they are exciting.” says CEO Paul Beard. “Paired with uAvionix capabilities, we create a product roadmap that is a home run. This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to the GA marketplace and proves we are here to stay. The AV-20-S and AV-30’s minimal installation requirements are also perfect for our network of over 700 Qualified Installers.”
“This is a very exciting opportunity to bring innovative GA display products to a much wider market far more quickly than we could have achieved on our own.” says AeroVonics founder Jeff Bethel. “We believe the streamlined, easy-installation nature of our flight instrument suite is a perfect fit with the similarly designed uAvionix product line.”
Manufacturing of the AV-20-S and AV-30 will immediately transition to the uAvionix Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO) approved facility in Columbia Falls, MT. All AV-30 pre-order positions will be honored and transferred to uAvionix. View the recent AVweb video review of the AV-20-S and AV30 here.
About uAvionix Corporation
uAvionix was founded in 2015 with the mission of bringing safety solutions to the unmanned aviation industry in order to aid in the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). A fundamental principle of that mission is to provide solutions that allow all airspace users a common situational awareness of the airspace. Through the evolution of our company, we pioneered and now offer low SWaP TSO certified and uncertified ADS-B and GPS solutions for General Aviation (GA), Airport Surface Vehicles and the UAS markets. Based in Bigfork, MT and Leesburg, VA, uAvionix consists of an unparalleled engineering and management team with a unique combination of experience within avionics, surveillance, airport services, UAS aircraft development, radio frequency (RF), and semiconductor industries. The entire leadership team consists of pilots of fixed wing, rotary wing, and UAS aircraft. uAvionix is backed by investors at Playground Global and Airbus Ventures.
uAvionix Media Contact:
+1 (844) 827-2372 x215
About AeroVonics LLC
AeroVonics LLC was formed in 2018 by Jeff Bethel, Co-Founder of Aspen Avionics and veteran avionics developer, and launched at EAA Oshkosh 2018, where it won the Innovation Showcase award with both the AV-20 and AV-30 product concepts. Mr. Bethel has focused on innovative avionics development for the Part 23 market for the better part of twenty-five years and holds several key patents in the industry. “Through the years, I have always focused on raising the bar on features, flexibility, and the general quality of avionics available in the marketplace. Price is always key with these smaller aircraft, but with today’s modern displays and processors, there is no reason they can’t enjoy the same high-quality displays and graphics available to air-transport aircraft. We also recognize that not all legacy aircraft owners wish to equip their aircraft with the look and feel of a modern EFIS, so for the sake of both mission simplicity and cockpit aesthetics, we created the AV-30 specifically for the legacy aircraft fleet.”
AeroVonics Media Contact:
Jeff Bethel Founder, AeroVonics LLC
(505) 270-0004 (Cell)