Avidyne Announces Wireless Connectivity with ForeFlight
Market-leading ForeFlight iPad App now able to interface wirelessly to Avidyne IFD540 & IFD440.
Melbourne, FL – Tuesday, March 15, 2016 –
Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and ADS-B systems for general aviation aircraft, and ForeFlight, creator of the most widely used flight planning and electronic flight bag app for Apple iPad and iPhone, today announced that the Avidyne IFD540/IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems can now interface to ForeFlight via wireless connectivity.
“We are pleased to have ForeFlight as a compatible aviation application for our IFD540 and IFD440 customers,” commented Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s President & CEO. “ForeFlight has taken advantage of Avidyne's open-architecture wireless interface, opening up many possibilities for transferring and displaying of data in the cockpit−including mapping, flight planning and display of ADS-B weather and traffic− as we move forward.”
“We welcome Avidyne into the ForeFlight Connect program," said Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. “Through this integration, ForeFlight customers flying with Avidyne’s next generation navigators benefit from receiving flight plan and GPS information for the moving map display. We look forward to unlocking more function over time that makes planning, flying, and flight logging with Avidyne avionics a joy.”
Initial connectivity will allow iPads with the newly-announced ForeFlight version 7.6 to wirelessly receive and display GPS position and flight plan information from Avidyne's IFD540/440 units running the current v10.1 software. Additional capabilities will be added in an upcoming IFD v10.2 software release.
“We have made available a Wireless Connectivity Software Developer Kit (SDK) and we are in talks with many other App developers, and you can expect more announcements for Bluetooth/WiFi-enablements and services for the IFD540/440 will be forthcoming, ” Schwinn added.
Avidyne previously announced and is delivering their MK10 Bluetooth keyboard, which provides wireless remote control of the IFD540 & IFD440 systems.
ForeFlight was founded in 2007 by aviation entrepreneurs who set out to build elegant, high-performing flight planning and flight bag apps for pilots. ForeFlight Mobile, the company’s flagship product, is used by individual pilots and professional flight crews all over the world to plan and file flight plans, access preflight and in-flight weather, download and view electronic charts and maps, manage flight publications, log flight time, and more. ForeFlight serves pilots in all segments of aviation, including personal, business, commercial, and military. Additionally, ForeFlight is renowned for its amazingly responsive and accurate Fanatical Pilot Support™. Learn more at www.foreflight.com.