Avionics Report

May 2014 Issue

Avidyne IFD540: Closer to Certification

Avidyne’s slide-and-fly replacement for Garmin’s GNS530W nears certification. We flew with it and liked the FMS and hybrid controls.

Avidyne and its IFD-series GPS navigator project has taken a beating from both customers and the dealer network. It’s no secret that the company has slipped several times on its IFD certification and delivery projections. Worse, Avidyne offered a pre-delivery sales incentive that required early adopters to pay a refundable deposit in exchange for a sizable discount on the cost of the IFD540 or IFD440 unit. Some of those customers have received or are requesting refunds because of undelivered product.

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