Aspen Avionics announced today that Connected Panel, a new technology that wirelessly links mobile devices to certified avionics, will be compatible with the Garmin GNS 400W/500W series navigators when Connected Panel is released at the end of the year.
With this new capability, Connected Panel Enabled applications will be able to synchronize and cross-fill flight plan data from the Apple iPad to the Garmin GNS navigators.
Aspen’s patent-pending line of Connected Panel products seamlessly integrates aviation application data from personal handheld devices with the certified avionics installed in an aircraft’s panel. This technology is enabled via Aspen’s Evolution Flight Displays, which are interoperable with a wide variety of avionics equipment that exist within the general aviation aircraft fleet.
“Aspen’s Evolution Flight Displays are compatible with a variety of new and legacy avionics products from multiple manufacturers, making Evolution a natural networker of flight data. Connected Panel leverages this interoperability to allow mobile devices to communicate with onboard systems in real time,” says Aspen’s Vice President of Marketing Brad Hayden. “All or part of Connected Panel functionality will be available for new and legacy GPS navigators, depending upon its ability to transmit and receive data. For example, the Bendix/King by Honeywell KSN 770Nav/Com/GPS will be fully integrated with Connected, with functionality such as Com radio tuning from the iPad, that may not be available to other avionics that weren’t designed with the Connected Panel architecture in mind.”
The Connected Panel program was launched at EAA AirVenture 2011. Since then, Aspen has continued to add Connected Panel application and avionics partners to the group of 10 launch partners that kicked off the program in July. The newest partners include: Avidyne, Coradine Aviation Systems, Digital Sectional, Hilton Software, and iFlightplanner.com.
Aspen is on track to release the Application Programming Interface (API) to individual developers and partners at the end of September, according to company officials
Connected Pilot, the first product in the Connected Panel product line, is scheduled for an end of year release. Connected Pilot is comprised of hardware and software components that can be integrated with an Aspen Evolution 1500, 2000 or 2500 flight display system.
For more information: ConnectedPanel.com