Avidyne Announces Bluetooth Keyboard for IFD540 & IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs
MK10 Mini Keyboard allows pilots to wirelessly control and enter flight plans into the IFD540 or IFD440 via integrated Bluetooth®.
AEA - GRAPEVINE, Texas – Wednesday, April 8, 2015 –
Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, introduced today their new MK10 Mini Keyboard that gives pilots an additional method of controlling and entering flight plans into Avidyne's IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems wirelessly via integrated Bluetooth® .
“We are excited to offer the MK10 Mini Keyboard, which is our first but certainly not our last wireless device for the IFD540 or IFD440,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne CEO. “Integrated Bluetooth and WiFi technologies open up lots of possibilities for IFD540 and IFD440 customers, and Avidyne will continue to expand our product offerings and wireless capabilities.”
About the MK10 MINI KEYBOARD
The pocket-size MK10 Mini Keyboard, measuring 4.5 inches x 2.25 inches x 0.375 inches, is a customized Bluetooth device offered by Avidyne specifically for the IFD540 and IFD440. The MK10 lets pilots wirelessly enter flight plans and waypoints, execute "Direct TO" operations, change Pages and Tabs, and zoom the Map range in and out, among other things.
The IFD540 was initially certified in July 2014, and included integrated hardware needed to support Bluetooth and WiFi functionality. The MK10 Mini Keyboard will be enabled for the first time via a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) after the certification of the upcoming Release 10.1 software upgrade for the IFD540 and IFD440 is completed.
Avidyne will continue to work with selected device and application developers to expand upon the significant potential of wireless connectivity capabilities in the cockpit made possible with WiFi and Bluetooth technologies, and announcements of additional wireless functionality will be forthcoming with future software releases.
Pricing and Availability
The IFD540 GPS/NAV/COM/FMS with integrated Bluetooth and WiFi has a plug & play list price of $16,995 and is certified and delivering now. The IFD440 with Bluetooth and WiFi has a plug & play list price of $14,995.
The MK10 Bluetooth Mini Keyboard has a list price of $299.
The Release 10.1 software upgrade will be offered at no charge for all current IFD540 customers and available with initial shipments of the IFD440. Avidyne expects certification of Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 in May 2015, and STC for Bluetooth activation shortly after that.