Avionics Report

March 2015 Issue

IFD540 Hits and Misses

There is a lot to like about the IFD540, including clever mode/rocker bezel switches, plus softkeys that Avidyne calls Hybrid Touch, for the ability to also touch onscreen labels. The configurable moving map data fields put a huge amount of information in the pilot’s glance and comm frequency decoding is useful. The ability to see the graphical route—as well as the flight plan simultaneously—is a huge improvement and having altitudes displayed on an approach could conceivably prevent a tragedy one day. But I also uncovered some warts that left me scratching my head.

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