Avidyne Corp. has added the MLX200 and MLX210 transceivers to its ADS-B 978 Series of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solutions. They will meet the FAA’s upcoming mandate for ADS-B Out, as well as receive traffic and weather information via ADS-B In that can be depicted on Avidyne displays already in the cockpit.
“Avidyne has continued to expand our ADS-B product offerings and we are excited to bring the MLX200 and MLX210 to market,” said Avidyne CEO Dan Schwinn. “In addition to our new IFD440 and IFD540 customers, we have a huge installed base of EX500, EX600, and EX5000 MFD customers who can now use these products to comply with the ADS-B mandate and display FIS-B weather and traffic.”
The MLX200 provides 978-MHz ADS-B Out, and ADS-B In which allows display of data on Avidyne’s IFD540 and IFD440 GPS/NAV/COMs, and also on an Avidyne EX500, EX600, or EX5000 multifunction display (MFD). The IFD540 and IFD440 provide a compliant GPS position source required for ADS-B Out.
The MLX210 is the same as the MLX200, except that it incorporates a compliant GPS sensor. It is designed for customers with an Avidyne EX500, EX600, or EX5000 MFD, but without an ADS-B-compatible GPS.
The MLX200 will retail for $3,495, and the MLX210 is $4,995. The MLB100 ADSB-In receiver, intended to be paired with an Avidyne AXP340 Mode S transponder that provides ADS-B Out, is $2,495. Prices include a connector kit; antennas are sold separately. These systems are expected to be certified and available in May.
Avidyne also said its new AXP322 Mode S transponder, which meets the ADS-B Out requirement and is designed for installation with the IFD540 or IFD440—and is especially suited for aircraft with limited panel or pedestal space.
“As an example, the remotely-mounted AXP322 will free up space and allow Entegra-equipped Cirrus owners to install a large-screen IFD540 as GPS/NAV/COM #1, along with an IFD440 as GPS/NAV/COM #2, in the pedestal where their existing dual 430s and panel-mounted transponder reside,” Schwinn said. The AXP322 Mode S transponder will retail for $5,450 and is expected to be certified and available in May 2015.
At the Aircraft Electronics Association's convention in Dallas, Avidyne also announced the MK10 Mini Keyboard, which gives pilots an additional method of controlling and entering flight plans into Avidyne’s IFD540 and IFD440; it uses Bluetooth to connect wirelessly. The company also said it expects certification of Release 10.1 software in May. It will support 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. The new software will be a free upgrade for current IFD540 customers and available with initial shipments of the IFD440.