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Guardian Avionics debuts flight data recordersGuardian Avionics debuts flight data recorders

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 integrated system takes the information that exists in third-party application products, such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), engine monitors, and GPS, and displays and records it via the smartMFD app on an iPad or iPhone, said Ryan Keough, manager of sales and marketing for Guardian Avionics. “All that data that used to be lost will be transmitted via Wi-Fi or 3G or 4G,” enabling the user to analyze it during or after the flight, he said.

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.

Image courtesy of Guardian Avionics

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.

For more information, see 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, EAA AirVenture

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