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Monday, July 15, 2013

FAA Approves New Flight Deck for Piper PA-32 Saratoga

FAA has issued Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for installation of the Avidyne Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck (R9) on the Piper PA-32-301 series Saratoga aircraft. 
 
 
(The upgraded Piper-PA-32 Saratoga Flight Deck. Photo, courtesy of NexAir Avionics.)
 
The STC was issued as part of the agency's approval of Mansfield, Mass.-based NexAir's Saratoga NX aircraft revitalization program. Piper's PA-32-301 single engine light aircraft originally entered service in 1980.
 
R9 brings a page and tab user interface to the revamped flight deck, along with Avidyne's IFD5000 displays, 16-watt VHF NAV/COM radios and dual SBAS/LPV-capable GPS receivers among other avionics upgrades. 
 

“The Saratoga NX is much more than your basic aircraft refurb. Rather than simply installing devices in a panel, we leverage our knowledge as engineers and pilots to integrate the avionics into the aircraft in a way that optimizes performance and ease-of-use,” said David Fetherson, president of NexAir Avionics. 

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