An update for the BlueMax wireless adapter from FlightData Solutions increases utility of a Bluetooth adapter that can now connect and upload data from many sources automatically.
Data harvested from a variety of sources is logged once per second, giving a more granular view than the six-second recording interval supported by the Avidyne Entegra integrated glass cockpit installed in many Cirrus Aircraft. BlueMax is also compatible with Arnav Systems engine monitors (another retrofit installed in various Cirrus models), as well as with engine data monitors from J. P. Instruments that can be installed as a retrofit in many aircraft makes and models.
The fruits of this powerplant and navigation system data harvest can be consumed during flight. When paired with the app, BlueMax can flag faulty probes; prompt fuel tank switchovers; alert the pilot to out-of-tolerance temperatures with custom parameters; and display all of this information—along with GPS, fuel, and other data—on a moving map. According to the company website, BlueMax was originally approved for installation in certified aircraft by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and the FAA has likewise deemed BlueMax installation a “minor change” that can be installed by an A&P and noted in the aircraft logbook.
After-landing utility extends to (newly automated) data sharing with third-party engine analysis and maintenance providers, including Savvy Aviation.
“Automatic connection and upload have been the two most common requests that we’ve received from users,” FlightData Solutions co-founder Justin Beitler said in a June 7 news release. “With the emergence of predictive analytics, having data uploaded in real time allows BlueMAX users the opportunity to identify problems before they manifest, greatly enhancing safety of flight and decreasing operational costs.”