Avidyne revealed that multi-touch capability will be included with its recently-announced IFD540 GPS/Navigation/Communication system. Multi-touch allows pilots to gesture using two or more fingers on the touch screen to scroll and zoom the map range setting in and out.
“In addition to all the great features we announced at the introduction of the IFD540, multi-touch is one of the ‘additional capabilities’ we said that we would be rolling out over the next several months,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s Chief Operating Officer. “The plug-and-play IFD540 is getting rave reviews for its innovation and ease of use, and multi-touch makes the user interface even easier for pilots.”
The IFD540 is Avidyne’s FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, which is the centerpiece of its newly-announced plug-and-play avionics stack. The IFD540 is a slide-in replacement for the popular GNS530 navigators, providing navigation, communication, and multi-function display capability in a touch screen, panel-mounted avionics form factor.
The IFD540 with GPS/NAV/COM/FMS and 10-Watt VHF transmit power has a retail price of $16,995 including tray and installation kit, and is expected to be available in the second half of 2012. The 16 Watt transmit power upgrade is $4,995. The integrated TAWS-B option is an additional $7,995.