Avidyne reports it has received FAA STC approval to activate the integrated WiFi and Bluetooth functionality on the IFD440 and IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems.
The MK10 Bluetooth keyboard allows pilots to wirelessly control their panel-mounted IFD440 or IFD540 systems.This approval also gives third-party tablet app developers access to both Bluetooth and Wifi data streams using Avidyne’s previously-released Software Developer Kit (SDK).
Bluetooth and WiFi functionality requires IFD440/IFD540 software Release 10.1.1.
Initially, the MK10 will allow remote entry of waypoints and flight plans, plus map range changing, and alpha-numeric data entry.
An upcoming release (R10.2) will enable additional MK10 functions including page and tab selection, Direct TO, and others, Avidyne officials said.
The MK10 Bluetooth keyboard has a retail price of $299. For a limited time, all customers who register (or who have registered) on MyAvidyne.com will receive an MK10 Keyboard at no charge.
Bluetooth activation requires Release 10.1.1 software. The software is available at no charge for all current IFD440 and IFD540 owners, and is available through all authorized Avidyne dealers.
Avidyne has created a video of the Bluetooth Keyboard interaction with the IFD540.