Guardian Avionics unveiled a line of products designed to stream data from an airplane’s navigational or engine management equipment to an iPad or iPhone on July 26 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The smartPlane collection includes several models of flight data recorders, an app, and a cloud web application.
The app also provides access to sectional, VFR, or IFR charts, as well as airport and radio communication information. The charts are available via subscription through a partnership with Seattle Avionics, Keough said.
In flight, the smartMFD app can be controlled by voice commands.
When a flight is completed, data recorded through the app is uploaded to the pilot’s account on the smartCloud web application, where he or she can review the flight using maps and engine performance charts. The cloud application enables owners and mechanics to review long-term engine trend data to detect potential issues, determine better engine settings, and store operational data for future use.
The entire system can be installed as a minor alteration under the FAA’s Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) authorization. The system spreads the cost of avionics application over a bunch of different applications and brings down the cost of avionics for certified aircraft, said Keough.
Guardian is shipping the smartLink 554, a panel-mounted or remote-mounted flight data recorder, carbon monoxide (CO) detector, altitude and heading reference system (AHRS), and Bluetooth connection, for $699; the smartLink 650 panel-mounted flight data recorder and CO detector that has a USB power supply and connection, but does not include AHRS, for $799; the smartLink 555 panel-mounted flight data recorder, pulse oximeter, CO detector, and AHRS with Bluetooth connection for $899; and the smartLink 851 remote-mounted flight data recorder, CO detector, AHRS, and USB power supply with Bluetooth and USB connections for $999. The price does not include a panel mount for a tablet or phone.
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