STC allows for activation of Bluetooth® & WiFi functionality for IFD440 & IFD540 systems.
Avidyne has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to activate the integrated WiFi and Bluetooth® functionality on the IFD440 and IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems. The MK10 Bluetooth keyboard will be the first Bluetooth-enabled functionality, allowing pilots to wirelessly control their panel-mounted IFD440 or IFD540 system. This approval also gives third-party tablet app developers access to both Bluetooth and Wifi data streams using Avidyne’s previously-released Software Developer Kit (SDK). Bluetooth and WiFi functionality requires IFD440/IFD540 software Release 10.1.1. Avidyne is now the sole provider of Bluetooth and WiFi capabilites in a FMS/GPS/NAV/COM.Initially, the MK10 will allow remote entry of waypoints and flightplans, plus map range changing, and alpha-numeric data entry. An upcoming release (R10.2) will fully enable all MK10 functions including page and tab selection, Direct TO, and others.Avidyne is offering, for a limited time, a free MK10 for customers who have registered on MyAvidyne.com. The suggested retail price for the MK10 is $299.