TUCSON, Ariz — Guardian Avionics is now shipping its Multi-Function Display system, the MFD 650, for installation in experimental aircraft panels.
The MFD 650 shares information in front of the pilot with passengers while creating a record of the flight data that can be stored in the Cloud.
Two to six iPads, mini-Pads, iPhones or iWatches allow passengers to view synthetic reality, a moving map display, engine data or the pilot logbook when those devices are connected to a Garmin GPS and an electronic engine monitor.
At the same time the MFD 650 monitors carbon monoxide levels in the cockpit and provides two USB Smart Charger outlets for charging of cell phones or other electronic devices.
iPhones and iPads are connected to the MFD 650 via Bluetooth and operate through the Guardian Avionics I-MFD app, which is available through the App Store. The app automatically records flight time, takeoffs and landings, engine and flight data. The information is stored during flight and then is automatically uploaded through a Wi-Fi connection to a secure Cloud location for post-flight analysis at home or conveyance to the pilot’s service mechanic.
“It’s intended to give real time information to the pilot and passengers in GA aircraft,” said Ash Vij, President of Guardian Avionics. “This way adults and kids will all have situational awareness and be able to track the progress of the flight. Or the pilot can simply use it as a second or third panel screen. The data recording feature can be invaluable if a mechanical problem develops.”
The MFD 650 or 850 is available for $999.
Guardian Avionics expects to introduce the FMS 750, a certificated version, in 2016.