On April 8, 2015, Avidyne Corporation announced expanded ADS-B 978 Series Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solutions, to include the MLX200 and MLX210 transceivers. Both products are designed for Avidyne customers flying below 18,000 feet in Continental United States (CONUS) airspace who wish to meet the upcoming mandate for ADS-B OUT and receive FIS-B weather and traffic via ADS-B IN on their Avidyne displays.
The MLX200 provides 978-MHz ADS-B IN and ADS-B OUT for display on Avidyne’s IFD540 and IFD440 GPS/NAV/COMs and EX500, EX600 or EX5000 multi-function displays. The IFD540 and IFD440 provide a compliant GPS source needed for ADS-B. The MLX210 is the same as the MLX200 but with a compliant GPS sensor built in, for customers with an Avidyne EX500, EX600 or EX5000 MFD, but without a compatible or compliant GPS.
Pricing and Availability
The MLX200 transceiver has a retail price of $3,495 and the MLX210 is $4,995. Prices include connector kit; antennas are sold separately.
AXP322 Remote Mounted Transponder
Avidyne also announced the AXP322 remote-mounted Mode S Extended Squitter transponder with ADS-B Out. The AXP322 can be controlled by IFD540 or IFD440 GPS/NAV/COMs, which provide GPS position input to the AXP322 for extended-squitter ADS-B Out broadcasts. Avidyne previously certified its panel-mounted AXP340 Mode S Transponder with ADS-B Out. Equipping with the AXP322 or the AXP340 allows general aviation aircraft owners to meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen mandate, as well as international requirements for 1090 MHz ADS-B Out, when coupled with an approved GPS source.
The AXP322 is a remote-mounted Class 1 (250Watt), Mode S, Level 2 1090MHz datalink transponder with extended squitter (ES) that meets all the requirements for Mode S elementary surveillance for both IFR and VFR flight. The AXP322 Mode S Transponder has a retail price of $5,450 and will be certified and available in May 2015.
MK10 Mini Keyboard
In addition, Avidyne has announced its new MK10 Mini Keyboard that gives pilots an additional method of controlling and entering flight plans into the 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.”
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 MK10 Mini Keyboard will be enabled for the first time via a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) with completion of the Release 10.1 software upgrade for the IFD540 and IFD440. The MK10 Bluetooth Mini Keyboard has a list price of $299.
Release 10.1 Software for IFD540 & IFD440
Also announced was certification of the IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM and Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM. Release 10.1 (R10.1) software is a field-loadable upgrade that provides IFD540 owners with product improvements and new functionality. It includes support for display of ADS-B weather, scrollable data blocks, expanded checklists, rubber-banding of the active flight plan leg, and multiple-user customization of checklists, user settings, user-defined waypoints, routes, and more. R10.1 also adds support for control of Avidyne’s new remote-mounted AXP322 remote transponder and enables the new MK10 Mini Keyboard for wireless control of the IFD540 and IFD440 via Bluetooth®.
The IFD440 has a plug-and-play list price of $14,995. The Release 10.1 software upgrade will be offered at no charge for all current IFD540 customers, available in May 2015. Once certified, Avidyne will begin scheduling orders for the R10.1 upgrade through authorized dealers.
Avidyne previously announced their MLB100 ADSB-IN receiver that is designed for IFD540 or IFD440 customers who are equipped with an Avidyne AXP340 Mode S Transponder with 1090MHz ADS-B OUT and want ADS-B IN. The MLB100 provides a great FIS-B weather and traffic solution for aircraft flying above 18,000 feet in the CONUS. Release 10.1 software is required in the IFD540 and IFD440 in order for them to display ADS-B information. The MLB100 receiver is priced at $2,495.
For further information, visit www.avidyne.com
Avidyne Extends Ads-B Product Portfolio with Addition of MLX200 & MLX210 978Mhz Transceivers