Avidyne Announces FAA Approval of WiFi and Bluetooth for IFD440 & IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM Systems
STC allows for activation of WiFi & Bluetooth® for IFD440 & IFD540 systems; Includes enablement of MK10 wireless keyboard, and WiFi data stream access for 3rd party App Developers.
Lincoln, MA – Friday, December 11, 2015 –
Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced today that they have received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to activate the integrated WiFi and Bluetooth® functionality on the IFD440 and IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems. The MK10 Bluetooth keyboard will the first Bluetooth-enable functionality, allowing pilots to wirelessly control their panel-mounted IFD440 or IFD540 system. This approval also gives third-party tablet app developers access to both Bluetooth and Wifi data streams using Avidyne's previously-released Software Developer Kit (SDK). Bluetooth and WiFi functionality requires IFD440/IFD540 software Release 10.1.1.
“The MK10 Keyboard makes flying even easier by providing wireless control of many of the IFD440/ IFD540 functions,” said Tom Harper, Avidyne’s Director of Marketing. “And because the 440 and 540 have integrated Bluetooth and WiFi capability, all current and future owners can enable this and future functionality via software, without the need to add expensive remote boxes and additional wiring.”
“The MK10 Bluetooth keyboard is the first enablement of wireless functionality for our IFD440 and IFD540 systems,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s President & CEO. “Enablement of the Bluetooth and WiFi data streams opens up the IFD540 and IFD440s to additional levels of system integration and ease of use.”
Initially, the MK10 will allow remote entry of waypoints and flight plans, plus map range changing, and alpha-numeric data entry. An upcoming release (R10.2) will enable additional MK10 functions including page and tab selection, Direct TO, and others.
Pricing and Availability
The MK10 Bluetooth keyboard has a retail price of $299. For a limited time, all customers who register (or who have registered) on www.MyAvidyne.com will receive an MK10 Keyboard at no charge.
Bluetooth activation requires Release 10.1.1 software. The software is available at no charge for all current IFD440 and IFD540 owners, and is available through all authorized Avidyne dealers.