Avidyne Launches IFD440 Plug-And-Play Touch Screen
July 9, 2012 - GA aircraft owners looking to add touch screen capability to their stacks will be able to do so with reduced installation cost and downtime with Avidyne Corporation's new IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM system with Hybrid Touch user interface. Introduced on July 5 with expected availability at the end of 2013, the company says the IFD440 is a plug-and-play replacement option for legacy Garmin GNS430-series navigators and is also a viable upgrade option to satellite-based augmentation systems/localizer performance vertical guidance (SBAS/LPV) and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B).
Avidyne's previously announced plug-and-play panel-mounted avionics include the IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, the AMX240 audio panel, the AXP340 Mode S ADS-B transponder, and the DFC90 digital autopilot with envelope protection (EP) and envelope alerting (EA). Both the IFD440 and IFD540 are based on Avidyne's Entegra Release 9 flight management system (FMS).
"After a successful launch of our IFD540, this announcement of the IFD440 is really the next logical step in the rollout of our full suite of plug-and-play avionics," said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne COO. "We heard from many aircraft owners who really like the functionality of the IFD540 but were asking for a smaller second system due to panel space."
Customers seeking to upgrade their avionics for touch screen, WAAS, or ADS-B are concerned with the high cost of installation, said Avidyne President/CEO Dan Schwinn. "The addition of the IFD440 as a plug-and-play replacement for existing 430-series boxes adds significant improvements in functionality and ease of use, while providing huge cost and time savings for the large number of aircraft owners looking to upgrade," he said.
The IFD440, in a dual-system installation with another IFD440 or together with the larger IFD540, leverages Avidyne's Byteflight data bus architecture for added inter-operability and "cross-sync" functionality, enhancing ease of use, redundancy, and safety.
Dual IFDX40s allow a pilot to enter a flight plan using the QWERTY keyboard on one of the touch-screen units, while simultaneously viewing a synchronized moving map on the other. In addition, flight plans stored or edited in either unit can be automatically synchronized to each other.
The IFD440 will retail for $14,995 and the IFD540, $16,995, both units including tray and installation kit. The IFD540 is expected to be available in the first half of 2013 followed by the IFD440 at the end of 2013.