At last week’s AirVenture, Avidyne released a Software Developer Kit (SDK) that allows third-party developers to create applications for smartphones and portable tablet devices using the wireless data streams coming out of the IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs.
“Our IFD540 and IFD440 each come with integrated Bluetooth and WiFi capability at no additional charge,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s President and CEO. “Our open-architecture SDK makes the data stream available not only for professional app developers — several of whom we are already working with — but also for students, flight schools, and even hobbyists who want to create new and innovative solutions for the pilot community. From moving maps on iPads, to electronic flight logs, to fleet tracking, the possibilities are endless and we are excited to open this up to all comers.”
Two different SDKs that will be made available. Tier 1 developers who are creating applications that only require receiving of the wireless data stream (read-only) will be able to register, accept the royalty-free licensing agreement, and download the SDK from the Avidyne website.
Tier 2 developers, those who plan to create apps that send data back to the IFD540/440 (read/write), will need to apply separately and complete a more thorough vetting process and testing protocol before their specific app will be approved and authorized by Avidyne.
Avidyne expects the Tier 1 SDK to be available in the third quarter of 2015. Tier 2 app developers should contact Avidyne for details.