Guardian Avionics has added new flush panel mount models for the Apple iPad Air/iPad Pro model (9.7 inches) and the Apple iPhone 6+ to the new iFDR Panel Mount line unveiled in April.
The iFDR line already includes mounts for the Apple iPad Pro (12.9 inches), the Apple iPad Mini, and the Apple iPhone 6. With the addition of the two new mounts to the line, Guardian Avionics has a flush mounting solution for every current iPad and iPhone product on the market, company officials note.
Since their introduction at SUN ‘n FUN in April, the iFDR Panel Mounts have been well received by pilots, owners, and builders of both experimental and certified aircraft, company officials noted.
The panel mounts create a clean position for the iPhone or iPad in the instrument panel, allowing the tablets and phones to be docked and removed in just seconds – with connection to power, data, and audio integrated right into the mount.
“We listened to pilots over the past few months and found that every iPad and iPhone model has a purpose and place in the cockpit,” said Ash Vij, president of Guardian Avionics. “We now have a panel mount to fit every size panel and every need from the iPhone 6 all the way up to the massive 12.9-inch display iPad Pro model.”
Designed by general aviation engineers at Guardian Avionics, iFDR Panel Mounts are made of ABS plastic for long-term durability and resistance to temperature fluctuations. Each mount features a spring-loaded receiver that allow it to hold securely in the mount and absorb the vibrations in flight while allowing the iPad or iPhone to be docked and removed in seconds.
Each model has port positions for the Apple MFi Certified Lightning cable and 3.5mm audio cable (cables sold separately) to allow inflight power, as well as connectivity to external GPS, engine management, and audio products installed in the aircraft.
Each unit features cooling channels in the mount and a 5/8-inch hose port to connect the unit to a standard avionics fan, preventing over-temperature shutdowns of connected iPads and iPhones – a condition that’s even more important as the hot summer flying season approaches, company officials said.
Deliveries of the iFDR Panel Mount for the iPad Air/iPad Pro (9.7 inch) will begin on June 1, with an introductory price of $199. Deliveries of the iFDR Panel Mount for iPhone 6+ will begin on July 1, with an introductory price of $124. The iFDR Panel Mount for iPhone 6 is currently available for $99; the iFDR Panel Mount for iPad Mini is currently available for $149; and the iFDR Panel Mount for iPad Pro (12.9-inch) is available for $249 through Guardian Avionics, dealers, and distributors.