Does anyone know when this feature will be available for the Avidyne MFD?
I spent about an hour talking to one of Avidyne’s engineers at Oshkosh. He informed me that the datalink transceiver was ALREADY installed in Cirrus aircraft with the MFD. He told me that the unit only needed to be “activated”.
Cirrus says that they currently have a plane down in Florida that is testing the system. According to Cirrus, one of the issues that is delaying introduction has to do with latency. Cirrus says that it takes about 20 minutes to receive an update. Avidyne says the delay in introduction has to do with EMI / RFI interference.
Another question regarding the system has to do with the Antenna. Avidyne sells a “black box” that allows the COM1 VHF antenna to do dual duty as COM and Datalink aerial. I have not been able to determine if Cirrus aircraft will need this adapter, or if the adapter is already installed in new aircraft in anticipation of the Datalink capabilities. I have also heard that a different antenna may be required altogether.
I am really anxious to obtain these capabilities. I have no intention of flying in bad weather, or using the system as weather radar. However, it would be great to see TFR’s, METAR’s, and the enroute weather on cross-country trips.
Please let me know if you have heard additional information or if the information I have received is inaccurate.
Thanks in advance.
Wayne Harris - SR20 8127B