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WSI, Avidyne Team Up

By Tish Drake | July 24, 2007
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WSI Corp., Andover, Mass., is teaming up with Avidyne, Lincoln, Mass., to put a datalink weather receiver in the cockpit that is capable of receiving Sirius Satellite Radio programming. Avidyne is developing and manufacturing WSI’s new AV-300 and AV-350 satellite weather data and audio receivers. WSI says the WSI InFlight AV-300 datalink weather receiver and AV-350, a cockpit weather system, will enable aircraft operators and owners to receive both WSI's weather content plus SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The new receivers use advanced SIRIUS chipsets that improve receiver performance and reception, especially for airborne applications. The systems also use a teardrop-pattern antenna which maximizes satellite signal availability and rejects interference from ground-based signals. Compatible with a host of multi-function displays and electronic flight bags, the tear drop shaped antenna and the WSI InFlight receiver systems were purposely designed to have the same approximate footprints as the current systems in an effort to help current WSI InFlight customers transition over to the new hardware with minimal effort, WSI said. The new AV-300 series datalink receivers have been developed by the Avidyne Safety Systems Group in Columbus, Ohio, and manufactured at Avidyne's facilities in Melbourne, Fla. The antenna has been developed by Micro-Ant, Inc. in South Easton, Mass.

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