October 9, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Avidyne now offers the IFD510 navigator as a slide-in replacement for older Garmin GPS500/W units found in many turboprop and light jet aircraft, including Cessna Citations. The unit is an extension of Avidyne’s plug-and-play avionics line. All panel-mounted avionics are now available with gray bezels.
“The IFD510 is ideally suited for turbine-class aircraft owners who are looking to move into a higher-capability FMS with an exceptionally easy to use touch-screen user interface,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s chief operating officer. “Its plug-and-play design means that pilots who have been flying with GPS500/W series navigators can easily upgrade to the IFD510 with very little aircraft down time.”
The touch-screen capable IFD510 has the same flight management system as Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 and the recently announced IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM. It meets requirements for LPV (localizer performance with vertical guidance) approaches, and meets standards for required navigation performance procedures.
The IFD510 provides one-touch Victor airway and jet-route navigation, GeoFill waypoint nomination, and FMS Vectors capability. FMS Vectors provides fully coupled guidance through all phases of flight without all the manual autopilot interaction and suspending of flight plans typically associated with previous-generation systems.
The IFD510 supports Avidyne’s CMax Electronic Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams, and includes terrain awareness and alerting as standard, with an option for integrated Class-B TAWS functionality.
Because it’s the same size as the GPS500/W, it fits into the same tray, uses the same antennas, and can be installed with no wiring changes.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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