Avidyne Corporation is adding a new capability to its line of IFD-Series GPS FMS systems, offering pilots an enhancement that “has either been unavailable or cost-prohibitive in their particular aircraft,” said Dan Schwinn, founder, president and CEO of the Florida-based avionics manufacturer. Schwinn also revealed having “a relationship” with a communications company that may give birth to an onboard connectivity solution previously missing from the cabins of GA aircraft.
Synthetic Vision is the new capability for the IFD540 and IFD440 systems, which will be enabled by Avidyne’s Release 10.2 software upgrade, expected later this year. The upgraded systems will display exocentric “in-trail” views of the host aircraft, along with overlay of flight plan, color-contoured terrain, obstacles, full-color 3D traffic and terrain warnings.
Schwinn also announced recently entering “a relationship” with satcom services provider Globalstar, aimed at developing “satellite-based Internet hot spots for smaller aircraft.” Schwinn said Globalstar’s network is “the best for providing connectivity to general aviation, with smaller antennas,” as opposed to networks that serve commercial aircraft, platforms that can accommodate large antennas. The service could provide up to 256 kps download speeds, and support voice and text service, as well as web surfing. Connectivity products could be available as early as this summer’s EAA AirVenture, Schwinn said.
Just don’t expect delivery of in-flight movies. “Our expectation is, you’ll be able to have an Internet-like experience,” said Schwinn, “but you’re not going to be streaming Netflix.”
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