AVIDYNE ANNOUNCES RELEASE 10.1 SOFTWARE FOR IFD540 & IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMS
Release 10.1 software adds new IFD540 functionality, and will be the first software release of the new IFD440.
AEA - GRAPEVINE, Texas – April 8, 2015 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced today that certification of their IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM and Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM should be completed in May 2015.
“We are excited to be bringing the IFD440 certification program to its conclusion, and the certification of Release 10.1 software will also bring many new features to the IFD540,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne CEO. “We are continuing to grow our product portfolio and enhance our existing products, and we are confident that our customers will appreciate the added benefits of this R10.1 upgrade.”
About Release 10.1
Release 10.1 (R10.1) software is a field-loadable upgrade that provides IFD540 owners with product improvements and new functionality such as support for display of ADS-B weather, scrollable data blocks, expanded checklists, rubber-banding of the active flight plan leg, and multiple-user customization of checklists, user settings, user-defined waypoints, routes, and more. R10.1 also adds support for control of Avidyne's new remote-mounted AXP322 remote transponder, and R10.1 is needed to enable the new MK10 Mini Keyboard for wireless control of the IFD540 and IFD440 via Bluetooth®.
Pricing and Availability
The IFD540 GPS/NAV/COM/FMS has a plug & play list price of $16,995 and is certified and delivering now. The IFD440 has a plug & play list price of $14,995. The Release 10.1 software upgrade will be offered at no charge for all current IFD540 customers. Avidyne expects certification and initial deliveries of the IFD440 and Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 to begin in May 2015. Once certified, Avidyne will begin scheduling orders through authorized dealers for the R10.1 upgrade.IFD540/440 install kits and antennas sold separately.
AVIDYNE ANNOUNCES BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD FOR IFD540 & IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMS
MK10 Mini Keyboard allows pilots to wirelessly control and enter flight plans into the IFD540 or IFD440 via integrated Bluetooth®.
AEA - GRAPEVINE, Texas – April 8, 2015 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, introduced today their new MK10 Mini Keyboard that gives pilots an additional method of controlling and entering flight plans into Avidyne's IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems wirelessly via integrated Bluetooth® .
“We are excited to offer the MK10 Mini Keyboard, which is our first but certainly not our last wireless device for the IFD540 or IFD440,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne CEO. “Integrated Bluetooth and WiFi technologies open up lots of possibilities for IFD540 and IFD440 customers, and Avidyne will continue to expand our product offerings and wireless capabilities.”
About the MK10 MINI KEYBOARD
The pocket-size MK10 Mini Keyboard, measuring 4.5 inches x 2.25 inches x 0.375 inches, is a customized Bluetooth device offered by Avidyne specifically for the IFD540 and IFD440. The MK10 lets pilots wirelessly enter flight plans and waypoints, execute "Direct TO" operations, change Pages and Tabs, and zoom the Map range in and out, among other things.
The IFD540 was initially certified in July 2014, and included integrated hardware needed to support Bluetooth and WiFi functionality. The MK10 Mini Keyboard will be enabled for the first time via a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) after the certification of the upcoming Release 10.1 software upgrade for the IFD540 and IFD440 is completed.
Avidyne will continue to work with selected device and application developers to expand upon the significant potential of wireless connectivity capabilities in the cockpit made possible with WiFi and Bluetooth technologies, and announcements of additional wireless functionality will be forthcoming with future software releases.
Pricing and Availability
The IFD540 GPS/NAV/COM/FMS with integrated Bluetooth and WiFi has a plug & play list price of $16,995 and is certified and delivering now. The IFD440 with Bluetooth and WiFi has a plug & play list price of $14,995.
The MK10 Bluetooth Mini Keyboard has a list price of $299.
The Release 10.1 software upgrade will be offered at no charge for all current IFD540 customers and available with initial shipments of the IFD440. Avidyne expects certification of Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 in May 2015, and STC for Bluetooth activation shortly after that.
IFD540/440 install kits and antennas sold separately.
AVIDYNE ANNOUNCES AXP322 REMOTE-MOUNT MODE S TRANSPONDER WITH ADS-B OUT
AXP322 meets the ADS-B Out mandate and is designed for installation with IFD540 or IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs; Ideally suited option for aircraft with limited panel or pedestal space.
AEA - GRAPEVINE, Texas – April 8, 2015– Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, today announced the AXP322 remote-mounted Mode S Extended Squitter Transponder with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out. The AXP322 can be controlled by Avidyne’s IFD540 or IFD440 GPS/NAV/COMs, which also provide an approved GPS position input to the AXP322 for extended squitter ADS-B Out broadcasts. Avidyne previously certified the panel-mounted AXP340 Mode S Transponder with ADS-B Out. Equipping with the AXP322 or the AXP340 allows general aviation aircraft owners to meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen mandate, as well as international requirements for 1090 MHz ADS-B Out, when coupled with an approved GPS source such as the IFD440/540.
“The remote-mounted AXP322 integrates nicely with the IFD540/440 providing a 1090MHz ADS-B Out surveillance solution for customers with limited panel or pedestal space,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s CEO. “As an example, the remotely-mounted AXP322 will free up space and allow Entegra-equipped Cirrus owners to install a large-screen IFD540 as GPS/NAV/COM #1, along with an IFD440 as GPS/NAV/COM #2, in the pedestal where their existing dual 430s and panel-mounted transponder reside.”
“This will give these Cirrus owners a terrific upgrade solution with dual touch-screen GPS/NAV/COMs that perfectly complements and works seamlessly with their Entegra glass,” Schwinn added.
Along with the AXP322, Avidyne offers the industry’s newest and best range of retrofit avionics products for general aviation aircraft, including the AMX240 Audio Panel, the AXP340 Mode S/ADS-B Transponder, and the IFD440/540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs with built-in Bluetooth® and WiFi capability. Avidyne also has announced a full range of 978MHz ADS-B solutions (see separate Press Release.)
About the AXP322
The AXP322 is a remote-mounted Class 1 (250Watt), Mode S, Level 2 1090MHz Datalink Transponder with Extended Squitter (ES) that meets all the requirements for Mode S elementary surveillance for both IFR and VFR flight. The fully TSO’d AXP322 encodes and transmits the required ADS-B Out information, including your aircraft’s GPS-derived position, along with ground track, ground speed and altitude, in a series of extra pulses (called Extended Squitter) on the Mode S data stream.
Measuring only 2.44”x 1.70” x 5.55” and weighing only 1.0 lbs, its compact design allows the AXP322 to be remotely mounted virtually anywhere in the aircraft, with display and mode selection controlled by any IFD540 or IFD440 using Release 10.1 software.
Pricing and Availability
The AXP322 Mode S Transponder has a retail price of $5,450 and will be certified and available in May 2015. Connector kit and Mounting Tray are included. Antenna is sold separately. Release 10.1 software for the IFD540/IFD440 will be certified and available in the May 2015 time frame.
About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and its Flying Made Simple™ system design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company offers a full line of panel-mounted avionics including their new IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, AMX240 audio panel, AXP322 and AXP340 Mode S Transponders with ADS-B OUT, and DFC90 digital flight control systems. Avidyne’s product line also includes the industry-leading Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck with DFC100 digital flight control system, datalink-capable EX600 multi-function displays, the dual-antenna TAS-A series of active traffic advisory systems with ADS-B IN, the MLX770 world-wide datalink transceiver, and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system. Headquartered in Lincoln, MA, the company has facilities in Westerville (Columbus), OH, and Melbourne, FL.