July 5, 2012
By Dave Hirschman
Avidyne’s new IFD440, an all-in-one GPS/NAV/COM/FMS, expands on the Massachusetts company’s strategy of competing with rival Garmin for GNS430/530 replacements.
Garmin’s GNS430/530s have dominated the GPS/COM market for the last decade with more than 115,000 units sold, and the Kansas firm is ending 430/530 production and replacing the popular units with touch-screen GTN650s and 750s. Avidyne’s new products are the same physical dimensions as the 430/530 and are designed as direct replacements that can often use the same wiring, pins, and antennae.
“Our ‘plug-and-play’ strategy has really struck a positive chord with aircraft owners, many of whom want to upgrade their avionics for touch screen, WAAS, or ADS-B but are concerned with the high cost of installation,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne president and CEO. “The addition of the IFD440 adds significant improvements in functionality and ease of use while providing huge cost and time savings for the large number of aircraft owners looking to upgrade.”
The IFD440 gives pilots the option of using a touch screen, or dedicated buttons. The unit can provide an approved WAAS GPS source for ADS-B Out which will be required in the United States by 2020, as well as built-in navigation and communication radios, and an FMS. The IFD440 has a retail price of $14,995, and the larger IFD540 sells for $16,995.
The IFD440 is scheduled for initial deliveries in late 2013, and the IFD540 will be available early next year.
Garmin has announced an upgrade making new features and options available to operators of G1000-equipped King Airs in the 200/250/300/350 series.
Garmin popularized synthetic vision with the G1000 six years ago and now offers it on an app.
Robinson Helicopter continues to push forward with improvements and reported strong yearly results.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.