Apologies to all but I cannot find anywhere else to post this question. When the orphaned Lancair Columbia 400's Avidyne EX5000 fails, can it be legally be replaced with a Garmin offering? Thanks for your expertise.
If you are a member, then the Avionics/Avidyne MFD forum would be the place to post (and search for) this question.
The simple answer is to put an iPad in its place. Remove the MFD, replace it with a flat plate with an iPad holder, then have a USB power outlet installed (can use the now-redundant MFD breaker for power supply) along with a BlueMAX engine/Bluetooth interface. Run the BlueMAX app and whatever other aviation apps on the iPad you like. These are all minor changes (the analog gauges or the PFD engine data remain as primary engine instrumentation.)
You won't get Stormscope or Skywatch data on the iPad with this setup, but those are still displayed on the 430s.
Clyde, Thank you very much. I was actually asking about the PFD - it is legal to replace it with something else? Because the plane is 'orphaned' I was wondering about the legality of replacing the Avidyne PFD with something like the Garmin G3x or G5s... something like that. Can the GTN750 take the place of the MFD and 430s?
I think you need the FAA to give you a 337 for what ever part you are replacing that is not STC'ed;
Thanks a lot.
Gary KendzerskiI think you need the FAA to give you a 337 for what ever part you are replacing that is not STC'ed;
Yes except the iPad "mount" is really just a plug-in and therefore no approval is required. However, be prepared for an iPad to shut down on a hot day or in direct sun. My MFD never did that.
Ok, the PFD is an EXP5000, and like others have said replacing it would require an STC, or a 337. However, the PFD is still able to be maintained, albeit at fairly high repair prices, so it's not an immediate problem. And the PFDs have proven to be pretty reliable, more so than the MFDs.
I added impingement air from my fan manifold to the back of my "in panel" ipad mount and I have never had a problem..and I have houses in both the Dallas area and south Florida!..not a big deal to do and it pretty much makes the ipad mount bulletproof!
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