Avidyne Press Release

Avidyne Receives Brazilian Validation of IFD440 and Release 10.1 Software for IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs

IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM features hybrid touch-screen user interface, integrated WiFi & Bluetooth®, Terrain Alerting,and full Airway flight planning; Release 10.1 software adds new functionality to previously-certified IFD540.

Lincoln, MA – Monday, October 5, 2015 – 

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced that they have received Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil –Brasil (ANAC) validation for  the IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, as well as approval for Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems.  

“The plug-and-play IFD440 adds significant improvements in functionality and ease of use, while providing huge cost and time savings for a large number of aircraft owners looking to upgrade their older GPS systems,” said Avidyne President, Dan Schwinn. “Release 10.1 software brings many new features and functions to the IFD540 that give it greater utility and make it even easier to use.”

R10.1 adds new features to IFD540 (also included in IFD440)

Release 10.1 (R10.1) software is a field-loadable upgrade for the IFD540 that includes product improvements and new functionality such as:

  • Support for display of ADS-B (FIS-B) weather when interfaced with an Avidyne MLB100 or MLX200.

  • Rubber-banding of the active flight plan leg – Now the magenta ‘active’ leg can also be stretched, providing a new active waypoint using the touch screen.

  • Scrollable data blocks – Allows the pilot have more data blocks configured than can be displayed on a single screen. Using the touch screen, the pilot can scroll up or down to view addition data blocks.

  • Standby Com Monitor – Enables monitoring of the standby COM frequency when connected to an Avidyne AMX240 audio panel.

  • Multiple-user configurations – Allows up to 5 user configurations of data blocks, page layouts, and checklists can be saved.

  • Expanded checklists – We have added more check list pages, and multiple users can customize, save, and recall their own checklists.

  • Download/Saving of user-defined waypoints, flight plan routes – Allows pilots to save all their user-defined waypoints and saved flight plans to a USB jump drive, so they can easily be restored to another unit or saved as backup.

  • Support for control of Avidyne's new remote-mounted AXP322 remote Mode S transponder with ADS-B OUT.

  • Enables Bluetooth® and WiFi – While the hardware for wireless connectivity has been in the boxes since the beginning,  R10.1 is the first activation of wireless functionality—specifically, the MK10 mini Keyboard, which allows pilots to enter waypoints, flight plans, and zoom the map range in and out, among other things via Bluetooth.

  • R10.1 also includes the software required to remove the Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) regarding limitations on GPS approaches in the U.S. with specific leg types that was issued in May 2015 to existing owners of Avidyne IFD540 systems. With the R10.1 upgrade, this AD can now be removed from the Limitations Section of the airplane flight manual or flight manual supplement.

Additional feature enhancements and new capabilities are outlined on our www.AvidyneLive.com website at:


The IFD440 & IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs include a highly-capable Flight Management System (FMS) and VHF navigation and communication capability.  The IFD440 meets TSO-C146c for full WAAS/SBAS/LPV approach guidance, including easy-to-use flight planning, ‘one-touch’ victor airway and jet-route navigation, and Avidyne’s innovative GeoFill™ waypoint nomination.

The IFD440 is a direct replacement for obsolete GNS430-series navigators, providing a 4.8-inch diagonal high-definition color display with 33% more screen area, nearly five times the number of pixels (150,400 vs 30,720), and 65,536 colors versus 8 colors on the 430/430W.  The IFD540 is a direct replacement for old GNS530-series units.

The IFD440 and IFD540 also feature integrated WiFi and Bluetooth® capability, providing wireless connectivity without the installation complexity or the costs of adding of extra remote-mounted boxes. Avidyne offers an MK10 Bluetooth Keyboard, which allows IFD440/540 owners to enter waypoints and flight plans, change pages and tabs, and zoom the map in and out wirelessly via the MK10, without reaching across the panel to the IFD unit.

Pricing and Availability

The IFD440 has a retail price of $14,995, and the IFD540 is $16,995, and are available and shipping now.  IFD440 and IFD540 Installation Kits/Trays are available for an additional $650 each.  Antennas are sold separately.

 The R10.1 software upgrade is offered at no-charge for all current IFD540 owners.  Avidyne is accepting orders now through authorized dealers.

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Editorial Contacts

Tom Harper
Avidyne Corporation
(781) 402-7400