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Hi guys, hope the testing is going well, we are all waiting for some good news on this so we can fly it this summer!

Is the work you are doing required for synvis on the IFD 440 & 540 as well? Also given that I understand that the software for R9 and the two IFD's are the same, are there plans for the MLX770 to work on that platform? In Europe we have the issue that MLX770 work on the old Entegra system but not R9.


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(SynVis Progress Update - 30 May 2013)

Data point update on SynVis test for credit progress....... 

As of Wed 29 May, we had completed 715 of the 867  (we've added some tests in the past two weeks) tests meaning we have 17.5% still to go.  We've added some additional engineers to the testing task and for the last few days, we're knocking out about 10 tests per day. We think that will ramp up to 15ish per day within a week.

Yes, the FLTA portion of SynVis in R9 is identical to that in the IFD440/540.

We definitely are keenly aware of the desire for the MLX770 to work on R9 and the IFD440/540s and expect to get to that in an upcoming release but it is not part of 9.3 or the initial release of the 540.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aoffen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jun 2013 at 4:28am
How is that 15 tests per day coming along? Must be getting close if you hit that mark. No pressure or anything........
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Not sure. I'm on the west coast right now so I'll check on Monday when I return.
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(SynVis Progress Update - 14 June 2013)

As of Thurs 13 June we have completed 751 of the 867  tests meaning we have 13.4% still to go.
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(SynVis Progress Update - 21 June 2013)

As of this afternoon, we have completed 793 of the 867 tests, leaving 8.5% still to go.    The rest do look tough.
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Can you confirm "...do look tough"?  (I'm hoping you meant, "...don't look tough," and just made a typo!)

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No typo.

We've actually run all those remaining tests in the last week and each has some problem with the test script to repair.  The test script repairs look tricky in some cases and that's what I'm referring to.
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(SynVis Progress Update - 8 July 2013)

As of 5 July,  we have completed 855 of 915 tests, leaving 6.6% still to go.

As you can see, the total test count increased since the last report.  This is principally due to adding more tests to more completely test new functionality.  The remaining tests have all been run but the tests (so far no code, just tests) need updating/corrections to get working.
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Steve, don't ya just love software guys....they are always 95 percent complete...
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(SynVis Progress Update - 19 July 2013)

As of 19 July, we have completed 876 of 915 tests, leaving 4.3% still to go.   Looks like we're doing about 1% per week with these tough last group.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aoffen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Aug 2013 at 11:58pm
Someone at Oshkosh went to an Avidyne presentation and posted this on the COPA forum
The CEO at the press conference showed a PPT chart that had 9.3 after the 540 certification.
He indicated he thought it would most likely be first half 2014.
Are we really still 6~12 months away?
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(SynVis Progress Update - 7 August 2013) 

Still digging out from Oshkosh and have not had time to find CEO and ask him what he meant.    I can report that as of today, we have completed 903 of 915 tests in the software test for credit, leaving 1.4% still to go.
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Jake:
Now that you are inside 2% remaining, can you describe the remaining steps that you must accomplish to get to the release/distribution of sysvis? Perhaps all of us anxious folks can use that to reach an estimate of time remaining.
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You bet.   

First an update - we only got through 2 of the remaining 12 tests last week - really tough sledding right now.

When we complete the Software Test For Credit ("TFC", composed of successfully running these 915 tests), we have the following steps to accomplish:

1.  Run the "Integrated System Test".  The IST takes a more holistic (sorry, had to throw that word in there) approach to the system testing.  Instead of the specific requirements-based test approach that the Software TFC is, the IST is a system-level "torture" test type of approach.  1000 power cycles, abrupt power interruptions, various types of off-road torture tests, etc.   This typically takes a few days.

2.  When the Software TFC is complete, the software has reached the "Red Label" milestone.  We need Red Label and a conformed test article and test aircraft to perform the following:

A. Submit for, and conduct, a FAA "Request For Conformity".  This takes a couple days and provides evidence/proof that the units under test (R9 boxes and the test aircraft) are in a known configuration and conform to released drawings.  RFC is needed for the B and C below.

B.  Perform Company Test.  This is composed of flying the conformed company aircraft through a series of flight test points that demonstrate the system performs as advertised and in adherence with the various FAA published standards for Synthetic Vision (and that we didn't break anything else in the process).  The output of this step is a released company test report that the FAA will review in combination with the RFC to accomplish step C below.  The testing will take about a week (assuming weather and aircraft and pilot all stay cooperative) and the report takes a few days to generate.

C.  Perform FAA Type Inspection Authority (TIA) testing.   This is the FAA run "Final Exam" testing. Sometimes they delegate this back to us to perform, sometimes they conduct it themselves.  It consists of about a day's worth of ground testing and about 2ish days of flight testing.  The output of this activity is an FAA-written TIA Report (TIAR).  It is this TIA Report that the FAA uses as the thumbs up/down document from it's flight test department to sign off on the STC.

3.  Produce and submit the final TSO document package.  Many of those docs can't be completed until we hit Red Label status.  We've turned these docs about 50 times in the last decade so we know exactly how to produce them, they just take some time to create, even with using previous program templates.  That takes about 2ish weeks to generate all those docs and get them internally approved and DER approved and submitted to the FAA.

4.  Produce and submit the final STC document package.   Very similar story and timeline to step #3 above.

5.  Await the FAA review of the material in Steps 3 and 4.  If clean and comment free (not often the case) that typically takes 1-3 weeks. If returned with findings, then obviously longer, the duration being dependent on the nature of the FAA change requests.  The output of this step is a signed off on TSO and STC.

5A.  A different part of the FAA ("AEG") also needs to review and sign off on the flight manual supplement.  They typically turn that document review in a matter of days but it always remains a schedule risk item dependent on that office's current workload and body availability.

6.  Ship the software release to the field.  We typically do this a day or two after TSO/STC granting.  One noteworthy item for R9.3 is that the database size to support SynVis is such that the on-board storage needs to be upgraded. So, unless that storage increase has been accomplished on your R9 units in the last 6ish months, the R9 boxes (or just one of the blades per unit) will need to take a trip through the Avidyne factory for that upgrade. 

There are a couple of other miscellaneous tasks but I think this should provide a decent overview and standard reporting milestones for you to track progress.  Hope this helps (and yes, we know you all are extremely anxious to get this update into your aircraft!).
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(SynVis Progress Update - 3 Sep 2013)

As of Friday, 30 August we had only 4 tests left to complete of the 915.  When those last ones are done, we'll move on the Integrated System Test (IST) step.
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(SynVis Progress Update - 18 Sep 2013)

Last week we finished the Software Test for Credit tests.   We're now in the midst of the Integrated System Test (IST) step.   We've added some extra robustness tests that will add some duration to the IST step.
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(SynVis Progress Update - 3 Oct 2013)

We hit a glitch during Integrated System Tests.  We found a problem with integration to Mode S transponders during the end game testing which we've subsequently fixed and are now re-doing IST.  That caused about 2 weeks of damage.  Not the end of the world but certainly not optimal.

We are now dry-running the company test points (flight test stuff) now so that we've run them all once prior to going Red Label and doing it for credit.
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Jake:
In light of this....
One noteworthy item for R9.3 is that the database size to support SynVis is such that the on-board storage needs to be upgraded. So, unless that storage increase has been accomplished on your R9 units in the last 6ish months, the R9 boxes (or just one of the blades per unit) will need to take a trip through the Avidyne factory for that upgrade. 
......have you considered starting the hardware upgrade program now so that the week++  delay to remove/ship/upgrade/ship/re-install can be accomplished in parallel with completing the s/w development?
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Tom
Where did that info come from? Thats a bigger deal for those of us outside the US because of the shipment delays involved. Would be interesting to hear a bit more detail. Is it a GPS blade that has to go back I wonder?
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Sorry I just saw it at the end of the 21 August post. 
Question to AviJake - Can we work out what storage we have on our current setup someway? I had an IFD changed out a while back so am not sure what the situation would be with my aircraft.
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We did check and it's not feasible to start the hardware upgrade ahead of time.   The detailed answer is very complex but suffice it to say we would have a hardware/software incompatibility if we tried to get a head start and upgrade the hardware right now.   Sorry guys.
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(SynVis Progress Update - 10 Oct 2013)

We're 1-3 days away from going Red Label.  That will be a great milestone.   Keep your fingers crossed that the US budget gets resolved before then - we need the FAA cert office to sign off on conformity before we can start the for-credit flight test and they are completely shut down during the budget crisis.  If it isn't resolved by Red Label, then we go into a day-for-day slip.
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Steve - What piece of gear are we going to have to send in for upgrading. Is it the GPS blades or the whole IFD?
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The whole IFD.  There are other components of the unit that we'll upgrade in addition to the main flight software.  We just couldn't come up with a workable set of logistics to get that done in the field or via just  one blade.

We're now trying to work through various logistics options that make down time for your airplane as minimal as possible.  Current options run from same day upgrade due to exchange pool assets to units crossing  in the mail, to ship the units to Avidyne and wait to get those same units back.  We know the impact the longer options mean, especially for overseas folks like yourself.
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Having one reserve unit sent out and the aircraft here upgraded one by one in rotation as the IFD goes back and the next one is sent out would be great if you can manage that. Means a delay in upgrading for the later aircraft but minimum downtime for each plane.
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Understood.   It may be a while before we sort out the plan and I bet we'll have several plans in play depending on where in the world the units have to go.
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Looking forward to getting this capability.......FINALLY :)
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(SynVis Progress Update - 16 Oct 2013)   We hit "Red Label" status this morning. We're now waiting for a budget to get passed so that the FAA cert office can open back up and we can move on with FAA conformity and company flight test. R9.3 is in a holding pattern until that can happen.
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(SynVis Progress Update - 25 Oct 2013) We still haven't gotten any traction with the FAA in having their signoff for conformity (required before we can do company test that counts as submittable).    In the meantime, here is a link to the draft pilot guide for R9.3 so at least you can see what's new/in store.   This version of the R9.3 PG is still in Draft format for two reasons - I have some formatting issues to resolve in the Table Of Contents and the FAA hasn't officially signed off on the release yet.  But, that being said, I fully expect the content to remain unchanged.  Let me know if you have any feedback.    This link will take to a page of various tech pubs.  At the top is a section of pilot guides.  The first is the current shipping version of software and the one labeled R9.3 Pilot Guide is the new version.

http://www.avidyne.com/support/downloads/r9.asp


For reference, here is a high-level list of the changes included in R9.3.


Major Items in Release:

1.      Synthetic Vision

2.      3-screen support including changing CAS behavior in 3-screen systems

3.      Weather Radar

4.      Improved map panning and user interface responsiveness

5.      Additional DME integration

6.      Improved ADAHRS alignment indications

7.      Added more capability to left IFD

8.      Added user option to suppress Flap Overspeed Aural Alert

9.      AXP340 Mode S ADS-B Transponder support

10.  Added Meridian aircraft type

11.  Added Epic aircraft type

12.  Honeywell IHAS traffic support

13.  WSI Datalink performance improvements

14.  Added Canadian, Mexican and Caribbean METARS and TAFs

15.  Additional ELT types support

16.  Additional datalogging

17.  Datablock enhancements

18.  Added Canadian Mandatory Frequencies to Freq List

19.  Added a watermark to expired Charts but continued display indefinitely

 

 

 

Software Issues Fixed:

1.      55X Integration Issues resolved

2.      Stale Datalink product issues resolved

3.      Cross-side VHF radio squelch break issues resolved

4.      Autopilot behavior on course reversals resolved

5.      Traffic alert suppression while on the ground

6.      Chart Day/Night mode now matches dimming bus day/night mode

7.      Mode S remote ident fixed

8.      SR22G3T checklist fixed

9.      Next DTK datablock error resolved

10.  Fixed integration issues with Shadin Miniflo fuel computer

11.  Ensure glideslope always automatically arms on a WAAS approach when it should

12.  Dozens of other subtle bugs resolved.


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Hi Steve

Can you tell me if the software release supports ACK ELT's?

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Yes, it does as long as you are using one of the Aviation 232 format ACK ELTs.  I'm not familiar with their entire product line but we do explicitly support the Aviation 232 variants.
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I'm sure you're tired of the same question, but are there any updates? I'm assuming Q4 is out.

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Q4 is probably out.   I don't ever throw the FAA under the bus unless it is warranted and it is now.

The Boston office is maxed out and Avidyne (and I  think others) are on the short end of that stick.  Combined with end of year (use or lose) vacation status for the FAA and normal holidays, I am not optimistic we'll see approval before the end of the year. 

The ACO has flat out told us they won't likely even start servicing the project until Jan.   I suppose a Christmas miracle is possible but I believe it is extremely unlikely.   

We've been ready for weeks and weeks and turned in our data a long time ago.  And still we wait.

Let me be clear it is not a lack of desire on their part, just a result of some internal prioritization that we are unable to influence in a meaningful way.

This has reached a point of extreme frustration.

What further aggravates the situation is the 8.33 kHz spacing mandate in Europe that takes effect on/about 1 Jan.  R9.3 has the 8.33 support and while the FAA has frequently acknowledged they understand the deadline and the motivation to get 9.3 approved, I am not optimistic that even that will influence approval dates.

Wish I had happier news.
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(SynVis Progress Update - 10 Jan 2014)

Still waiting on final approvals. Things are now moving at the local ACO but I'm estimating it will take until about 15 Feb for final sign off based on the current pace.

I'll make a new post if that date looks like it will move by more than a week either direction.
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Wow thats great news.
This is release 9.3 correct?
Will this also include activation of the MLX unit for in flight weather here in Europe?
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I wish it were great news.

Yesterday, the FAA informed us of a brand new requirement for data package submittals they are now mandating.    It is shockingly frustrating to introduce a brand new type of data submission requirement at the 11th hour and 58th minute.

We were completely unsuccessful in convincing them that it is needless data and in direct contradiction to published guidance on the data submission content.  So, we are now trying to get our heads around the magnitude of this additional data they are demanding and how hard/long it will take to create it.

It would appear at this time to be on the order of several  thousands of pages of effort.   Standby as we scramble to deal with it.

(BTW, MLX support is not part of R9.3.)
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Sounds like you need a better legal team to fight the FAA on this.
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are they requiring more artifacts and essentially  driving you from DO-178B to C?  
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This is getting kind of ridiculous.

Has Garmin, Collins, Honeywell, or even Aspen Avionics had the same kind of nightmarish time getting synthetic vision approved?
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This is getting ridiculous. Are we ever going to see this product?
Why are you guys subjected to this while the other guys get their product out years ago?
I don't get it. You need a lobbyist.
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Yes, this is ridiculous.

What most people don't realize is that there are multiple FAAs.  Each region of the US is covered by a different certification office and they can, and sometimes do, apply different standards to applicants.  This is clearly not the intent of the FAA and they have some mechanisms in place to minimize the likelihood but in practice, it's not foolproof and this is definitely and example of that. 

We're still working out the true impact of this new requirement on the cert date.  It's a non-trivial undertaking.
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Are the FAA offices Garmin and Aspen use really that much more "reasonable"? It seems bizarre that a company can be subjected to such a competitive disadvantage due to the governments inconsistent application of policy. Don't you have a congressman or senator or someone fighting your corner? The FAA are going to send you guys broke at this rate. I don't even live there and this still pisses me off.
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Welcome to the world of certification.    It can be maddening at times.

Garmin and Aspen use different offices from us and from each other.  Both are subjected to the same kind of thing at times.   Garmin has programs going for years before the public is aware.  Aspen and Avidyne elect to inform the public of products/programs when they start.   All have cert challenges.
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Any news on how long this latest flaming hoop is going to take to jump thru?
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Maybe.

About an hour ago, we finished the work that we understood we had to add.  We're now trying to schedule a session with the ACO to walk our way through this new material with them to see if it meets their new expectations.
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(R9.3 and SynVis Cert Update - 4 Mar 2014)

The FAA has committed to spending time this coming Friday 7 Mar to review the new data we've submitted per their request.

I'll post an update on how that meeting goes.
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(R9.3 and SynVis Cert Update - 7 Mar 2014)

The FAA audit came off flawlessly today with zero findings or otherwise actionable items after 5 hours of review.

That log jam is now resolved and on to the next one (which happens to be DO-254 compliance concerns).   We're working with yet another FAA rep to try and resolve that one.

Should know more early next week.
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Steve, you needs to ask the ACO to delegate approval authority to the company DERs .   Given the amount of work you guys do, the ACO would have done that by now.
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(R9.3 and SynVis Cert Update - 19 March 2014)

We had an unexpected but welcome visit today from the FAA who spent a few hours in our lab "flying" SynVis.   These were the flight test guys who are just one part of the full FAA cert team.

Nevertheless, that visit was very helpful in that they officially closed out all open human factors MPSUE issues - there had been 12 left open that were going to be evaluated during TIA flights.

They are also talking (I emphasize talking only - no actual decision has been made yet) about delegating all TIA back to us.  That has become a lot easier for them to do with the closure of the MPSUE items that were supposed to be evaluated by the FAA during TIA.

On the continued disappointing news front, there has been zero progress on the DO-254 compliance issue the FAA has raised.   We're working with them to unblock that log jam but so far, no dice.  I will say this issue appears to reside entirely within the FAA.   We're trying to figure this one out.
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