September 2012 Issue
Avidyne Plug and Play: Upgrades Made Easy
Avidynes slide-and-fly radio stack answers the call for cost-effective upgrades. When will Bendix/King join this market trend?
Avidyne is targeting Garmins customer base and simplifying installations with the CNS line of drop-in avionics that replace an entire Garmin stack. The core products include the IFD540 and IFD440 GPS navigators and can plug into existing GNS530 and 430 wiring. The concept of plug-and-play avionics is hardly revolutionary. In 1990, Michel Avionics MX-series TKM radios came close to perfecting no-wiring upgrades. Radios that mated with the aircrafts existing wiring and mounting hardware became so popular that nearly 40,000 TKM navcomms were placed in service. This cheap alternative to costly avionics retrofit was later mimicked by now-defunct Narco Avionics.
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