“It’s a connected cockpit panel,” said Ash Vij, Guardian’s president and founder.
The iFDR 650 offers the same capabilities in a panel-mounted unit with two USB ports on its face. Currently available only for experimental aircraft, both are priced at $899.
A companion iFDR app records engine data and uploads it to the cloud at the end of each flight, when the iPad connects to the Internet. Audio recording is done by the iPad itself. “We saw that people really want to install [iPad tablets] in the cockpit,” Vij said. “The whole goal is to see how easy we can make it for a customer to install an iPad in the cockpit.”
Also new are USB power sources. The iFDR Power 250 Series includes a panel-mount dual USB port, a remote-mount dual USB port, and a remote-mount power port that mounts behind Guardian’s panel-mount units for the iPad Mini and iPad Air. They, too, currently are available only for aircraft in the experimental category.
For more information, visit the Guardian Avionics website.