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Avidyne honours Steve Lindsley
Article Type: News and views From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 4
Avidyne Corporation has presented its Technical Achievement Award for 2007 to senior engineer Steve Lindsley for his contribution to the development of an intuitive, high integrated, dual-redundant Flight Management System (FMS) for general aviation (GA). Lindsley, who joined Avidyne in 2004, earned previous awards for technical achievement during a distinguished career at Honeywell Defense Avionics Systems in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“There is no doubt that Steve’s contribution to the architecture of this FMS has helped Avidyne accomplish its mission of bringing an integrated flight deck to general aviation aircraft,” said AvidyneCEO Dan Schwinn, in announcing the award. “Steve’s work has been instrumental in creating a FMS that will appeal to pilots across the general aviation product spectrum. It will lighten the workload of pilots operating turbine-class aircraft and will be great for VFR pilots who fly simple direct-to flights, as well. There’s virtually no part of this system that he hasn’t designed or built. He’s definitely deserving of this recognition,” Schwinn added.
The FMS that Lindsley helped develop is designed to be the easiest-to-use system available for GA. It is a fully-compliant RTCA DO-229D, Gamma 3 navigation system that allows pilots to fly WAAS precision approaches to ILS minimums, and is designed for required navigation performance. Patent-pending GeoFill capability makes entering a complex flight plan nearly as simple as tuning the aircraft’s radios, reducing pilot workload significantly. Its unique Vectors Mode also contributes to situational awareness by drawing heading vectors onto the system’s moving map.