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Avidyne Announces Tatenhill Aviation Has Selected the IFD540 and IFD440 Systems to Meet 8.33kHZ Mandate

Tatenhill will take delivery of 7ea IFD440s and 1ea IFD540, which add 8.33kHz frequency spacing, plus additional features like Synthetic Vision and integrated Wireless capability.

Friedrichshafen, Germany – Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 

Avidyne Corporation today announced that Staffordshire, United Kingdom-based Tatenhill Aviation has selected Avidyne IFD540 and IFD440 avionics systems to for their fleet of aircraft.

“We needed to update our aircraft to meet the upcoming EU mandate for 8.33kHz COM radio frequency spacing and found the Avidyne IFDs to be a terrific choice to meet our needs,” said Paul Shelton, Managing Director of Tatenhill Aviation. “With the IFDs, we get access to many powerful new features including hybrid touch-screen displays, easy-to-use FMS, and upgradeability to 3D Synthetic Vision and wireless capability.”

“Tatenhill’s selection of the IFD440 and IFD540 systems for their fleet of aircraft is another affirmation that our highly-capably products are designed to truly meet the demands of general aviation pilots,” said Mitch Biggs, Avidyne’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing.  “After rigorous review, Tatenhill chose Avidyne  for installation in their entry-level and cross-country aircraft because these IFDs truly provide the easiest user interface and the most powerful capabilities.”

Initial deliveries and installations are already underway and are expected to be completed within the next six months.

About the IFD540 and IFD440

The IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems each include a highly-capable Flight Management System (FMS) and VHF navigation and communication capability.  These IFDs meet TSO-C146c for full SBAS/LPV approach guidance, including easy-to-use flight planning, ‘one-touch’ victor airway and jet-route navigation, and Avidyne’s innovative GeoFill™ waypoint nomination.

The plug-and-play IFD540 is a slide-in replacement for obsolete GNS530-series navigators, providing a 5.7-inch diagonal high-definition color display with 10% more screen area, 400% more pixels, and 65,536 colors versus 8 colors on the 530/W.  The IFD440 is a direct replacement for legacy GNS430-series navigators, providing a 4.8-inch diagonal high-definition color display with 33% more screen area, nearly five times the number of pixels (150,400 vs 30,720), and 65,536 colors versus 8 colors on the 430/430W.  The versatile IFDs have a much easier to use, button and touch-screen ‘hybrid touch’ user interface that provides easy map panning and rubber-band flight plan editing. 

Featuring a 10-watt, 8.33 kHz, two-channel VHF communication radio—with an option for 16 Watts—the IFD540 and IFD440 each include a two-channel VHF NAV/VLOC with automatic frequency nomination and one-touch Frequency List tuning. Active and standby COM frequencies are automatically decoded and the names of the stations are displayed in plain English, for easy station recognition and as a handy reminder of the agency to which you will be transmitting when pressing the push-to-talk button.  

The IFD540 also include integrated WiFi and Bluetooth® capability, which is an option on the IFD440.

Pricing & Availability

Avidyne offers six different models of IFD starting at $9,499.

A full retail price list for all Avidyne IFD models is available at: http://www.avidyne.com/files/downloads/literature/AV645_Retail_PL.pdf

High Resolution product images are available at: http://www.avidyne.com/news/media.asp.

About Tatenill Aviation  (http://www.tatenhill-aviation.co.uk)

Based in Staffordshire, UK, Tatenhill Aviation Ltd  serves aircraft owners and operators with Avionics, Maintenance, Flight Lessons, and Airfield Services at Tatenhill Airfield in Burton-upon-Trent, in the heart of the Midlands. 

Founded in 1987 with the intention of serving aircraft owners / operators with an approved maintenance facility at a competitive cost, Tatenhill Aviation has since added a flying school which operates a varied fleet of light aircraft and provides instruction through its flying instructors, all of which have many years of teaching experience. The company was expanded in 1996 to include an avionics approval with the aim of providing avionics installation, fault finding and rectification work on a host of aircraft types. The avionics approval was again expanded in 2005 with the addition of an EASA Part 21 Subpart J Design Organisation Approval.

Editorial Contacts

Tom Harper
Avidyne Corporation
(781) 402-7400