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    Posted: 04 Dec 2017 at 11:04am
Its been a while since I have heard anything on the anticipated release of the the next software update to address the bugs in 10.2. Originally, I had been told before year end. However, now we are in December without any further news and I am becoming skeptical. 

I've been waiting patiently since March when 10.2 was released, installed and promptly blew up my ability to fly a coupled GPS approach with any vertical nav (LPV or LNAV/VNAV) in my plane (KFC225 and G500) and introduced a repeated AHRS failure on taxi in my G500. 
The coupled approach failure is particularly aggravating since this was a bug I helped identify in the very first software version released when my IFD540 was installed during the initial product roll-out.  It was fixed in the first update release they issued. While I understand that the number of different PFD and A/P configurations in the field makes it difficult to ensure everything is going to work perfectly, to repeat the same mistake in a later release is frustrating as a consumer and a huge Avidyne cheerleader. 
I am a little more chill about the AHRS failure for the reasons above, although we didn't have that problem running the exact same G500 software prior to the 10.2 upgrade. 

So, without asking Avidyne to pin down an exact date as I know that is impossible, is there any timing information that can be shared (or at least an update on what step you are on in the process)? 
How about multiple choice response:
A) Relax, it will still be Q4 
B) OK, we blew 2017, but are reasonably confident it will be Q1 2018
C) Unfortunately, FAA delays, difficult engineering, yada yada, the best we can say with confidence is sometime in 2018
D) Go Pound Sand


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I think the answer is (E).

E) Please wait patiently.

I believe I read that the G500 fixes are very high on the priority. If they aren't done, then that might be keeping .1 from GA.

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I think that Answer E is actually answer C. If they cannot commit to completing by sometime in 2018, we shouldn't be expected to wait patiently. I have been waiting very patiently since March 2017. If a bug fix takes more than 22 months to issue, even the most patient person should lose his or her cool. 
I know I am not alone in the G500/KFC225 bucket. In fact, my dealer has two other clients in the same boat. So, I am sure that Avidyne is working the issue. I would just like my expectations to be managed. Or, be provided with an alternate option, like rolling back to 10.1.xx. I am not sure I would do that, but not having coupled LPV is a drag, and the AHRS failures are frustrating bordering on potentially dangerous. 
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I understand your frustration. I feel some myself, even though the G500 matter doesn't apply to me.

But, Avidyne will no longer publicly commit to (or comment on) any time frame for releases, new features, new products, etc., until they are actually in the channel and released.

It was great when they did in earlier days, it was interesting to follow along. Unfortunately a few folks gave them enormous grief when dates slipped. So they just won't talk about it.

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I understand that POV. I have read the posts, having been on here for a while. In the absence of timing data, I would be interested to better understand the nature of the delay. Knowing whether they essentially have the problem solved but the FAA is slow vs they are still wrestling with the engineering is a useful data point. 
Also, given how long it has been, it is a reasonable to ask whether I would be better off downgrading back to sub 10.2 or not...
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I have to disagree with "O" on this one. Bought 2 540'd that were advertised as plug and play to replace my G boxes and with 10.1 that was a pretty accurate. The enhancements of 10.2 were inviting but unfortunately reduced the functionality of 10.1 with regard to what I wanted the box to do, fly an approach and couple with my legacy autopilot as advertised. The delay in resolving the KFC225 and G500/G600 issue and AHRS failure issue on taxi is unacceptable from a company that based their marketing on reverse engineering of "G" products in order to build a plug and play replacement for 530/430 owners that in my case waited YEARS to receive my replacement. I just installed my 550 upgrade for one of my 540's that was running 10.1 without any issues, synthetic vision is cool but I can get that on my IPad with any number of apps these days so how about we fix these "old" issues first before trying to create the next great marketing upgrade to sell new boxes. Just Saying....    
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