Avidyne Corp. has introduced the IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM system with touch screen user interface, adding to its line of plug-and-play avionics.
As a plug-and-play replacement for legacy GNS430-series navigators, the IFD440 can reduce installation cost and downtime for customers looking to add touch screen, or who are upgrading their aircraft to meet the higher-precision requirements for Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems/Localizer Performance Vertical Guidance (SBAS/LPV) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), company officials said.
Avidyne previously announced a full stack of plug-and-play panel-mounted avionics, including the larger-screen IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, the AMX240 Audio Panel, the AXP340 Mode S ADS-B Transponder, and the DFC90 digital Autopilot with Envelope Protection (EP) and Envelope Alerting (EA). The IFD440 and IFD540 are based on Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 flight management system (FMS).
“After a successful launch of our IFD540, this announcement of the IFD440 is really the next logical step in the rollout of our full suite of plug-and-play avionics,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s Chief Operating Officer. “We heard from many aircraft owners who really like the functionality of the IFD540 but were asking for a smaller second system due to panel space.”
The IFD440, in a dual-system installation with another IFD440 or together with the larger IFD540, leverages Avidyne’s Byteflight data bus architecture for added inter-operability and ‘cross-sync’ functionality, enhancing ease of use, redundancy, and safety, company officials said.
Dual IFDX40s allow a pilot to enter a flight plan using the QWERTY keyboard on one of the touch-screen units, while simultaneously viewing a synchronized moving map on the other. In addition, flight plans stored or edited in one unit can be automatically synchronized to the other unit and vice versa.
The IFD440 has a retail price of $14,995 including tray and installation kit, and the IFD540 has a retail price of $16,995 including tray and installation kit. The 16 Watt transmit power upgrade is $4,995 and is available for 28vdc installations only. The integrated TAWS-B option for the IFD540 is an additional $7,995.
The IFD540 is expected to be available in the first half of 2013 followed by the IFD440 at the end of 2013.
For more information: Avidyne.com
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