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Guardian Avionics receives NORSEE approval for iPad/iPhone mountGuardian Avionics receives NORSEE approval for iPad/iPhone mount

Guardian Avionics of Tucson, Arizona, has received FAA approval to install its iPhone/iPad mounts in certified aircraft as Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE).

The Guardian Avionics iPad mount holds a tablet flush against the panel of AOPA's Sweepstakes 172.
The Guardian Avionics iPad mount holds a tablet flush against the panel of AOPA's Sweepstakes Cessna 172. 

The FAA’s Policy PS-AIR-21.8-1602, published in March 2016, encourages general aviation aircraft owners to voluntarily install safety equipment that is not required by FAA regulation. The policy expands a 2014 policy that simplified design approval requirements for angle of attack indicators. The NORSEE policy includes avionics, electronic instruments, displays, and mechanical equipment. Guardian Avionics said it is the first manufacturer to receive NORSEE approval. AOPA endorsed the policy in February.

The authorization covers all models of Guardian’s iFDR panel-mount line for iPhone and iPad, as well as iFDR Power 150 and 250 USB power supplies. They may be installed as a minor alteration for Part 23 GA aircraft and Part 27 and 29 normal and transport category rotorcraft.

“We’re glad to be the first of hopefully many that will be coming down the line,” Guardian Avionics Sales and Marketing Director Ryan Keough said Oct. 4.

The authorization allows any GA aircraft owner to add a panel mount, power supply, or combination of both. An A&P mechanic must make a logbook entry as a minor alteration.

AOPA’s Sweepstakes 172 features a Guardian Avionics mount with power supply that holds an iPad mini.

The iFDR panel mounts are available as single dock mounts and as packages with the approved iFDR power supply included. Prices start at $99 for an iPhone 6 mount. Additional information may be found on the website.

Jill W. Tallman

Jill W. Tallman

AOPA Technical Editor
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
Topics: Avionics, Gear, Safety and Education

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