Almost all of the early adopters of the BlueMAX project have had their hardware shipped, and the rest will go out this week, so I'm now accepting new orders.
BlueMAX is a Bluetooth interface to Avidyne EMAX engine monitoring. It enables live engine data to be displayed on an iPad or Android phone or tablet, with data logging (at 1s intervals, not 6).
The hardware is available now, and is approved for installation in SR20 and SR22 aircraft with Avidyne avionics. The software is available as a beta version - on the Play store for Android and available by invitation for iPad. The first official release of the apps should happen early July.
Installation is simplified by the provision of custom adapter harnesses for different aircraft configurations. This means that the major work is running a power wire to the 12V outlet breaker on the circuit breaker panel. A connection to GPS data is optional, and on G1 and G2 aircraft this requires an extra wire to be run - on G3 aircraft this is connected automatically by the supplied harness. If you are taking out the MFD then it just plugs into the MFD connector, no additional wiring needed.
The GPS data will be used to display time to and fuel at destination, just like the MFD. This functionality is not yet in the beta app versions.
Why would you want this? Some people have jumped on it because their MFD is dead and they don't want to pay $6000 for a repair. Others want it to make engine data download easier - the data is logged directly to the tablet, and can be uploaded to Savvy at the press of a button. There will also be lots of new features coming - such as a "red-fin-dicator" to graphically display the engine operating parameters compared to the red fin in real time, and other real-time analysis.
Costs: I've chosen to provide the apps for free, and cover development costs with the hardware. The interface module is priced at $295, and you will need a harness at $35-50 depending on configuration. Expect around 2 hours for installation (much less if you are replacing the MFD, it's plug and play then.)
Order on line here: https://www.control-j.com/store
More details on the main website: https://www.control-j.com/img/bluemax.php
The installation instructions are on the website, and attached to this post.
Haven't received my unit yet, but just read the installation manual. If you could post an installation video, that would be very helpful.
Just be aware that it's not owner maintenance to do the install - it should be done by, or under the supervision of, an A&P. For that reason a video isn't high on my priority list, but I will keep it in mind.
Kevin, as far as I'm aware the R9 uses the same SIU or DAU as the Entegra. You will need to check what your aircraft has in it - I don't have access to the R9 install documentation so I can't be more definitive.
I know at least two of the early adopters have R9 and both of them have SIUs. I don't think either has installed yet.
Clyde: What is the status of the Arnav units?
Tim, I'll be posting an update by email shortly to the ARNAV owners. I have an EMM35 here to play with, thanks to the generosity of a COPA member and will start fiddling with it next week. You have been at the end of the queue but now that I've dealt with the backlog you will get some attention. I'm still quite confident it will work for you, but it will take a little time.
Forgive me for my lack of knowledge, but I'm looking for something for a G1 SR20 that doesn't currently have any engine monitoring... At least there's no engine monitoring page on my Avidyne.
With my 2002 serial # 1232 SR20 that has an early Avidyne MFD and a standard 6 pack, would this be able to provide engine monitoring data?
Daniel HaugWith my 2002 serial # 1232 SR20 that has an early Avidyne MFD and a standard 6 pack, would this be able to provide engine monitoring data?
If there is not a Engine page on the MFD then its almost certain that this would NOT work for you.
This device requires the SIU that has the EGT and CHT probes going to the Engine, and then connects to the MDF.
This was sold as EMAX from Cirrus. It could be added later if not ordered from the factory.
If your plane had the Probes and SIU, then it would be a very rare thing to not have the Engine Page. Not impossible but highly unlikely. The easiest way to find this out is to look at the bottom of each Cylinder or on each of the Exhaust pipes from the each cylinder and see if there is a probe on more than one cylinder( the stock engine came with 1 CHT and 1 EGT probe)
You would want to have a JPI or other engine monitor installed if you wanted to have this data that the Bluemax displays. Almost everyone on COPA would say it is needed to run your engine properly LOP, Beyond TBO and find problems before they bite you.
That's kind of what I was afraid of. I am working towards a better understanding of LOP operations and this would have helped immensely.
In my mind, Clyde worked a miracle when he was able to help me get my (never updated since delivery of the aircraft) Avidyne updated last year. I was hoping that he could work another one and make this possible for this very reasonable price.
Clyde Stubbs You have been at the end of the queue but now that I've dealt with the backlog you will get some attention
Tim, I'm back onto that now, setting up the EMM35 on the bench. I'll hope to have a package to send you in the next couple of weeks.
I am interested in unit for 2006 SR22.
Getting data - doesn't make any sense just yet....