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Old 02-13-2018, 05:51 PM
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Default Buying an Avidyne IFD540/440

For those of you who bought an Avidyne IFD540/440, where did you buy it? Did it come with the tray/installation kit or was that separate? Did anybody take advantage of the GNS-430(W)/530(W) trade in stuff? If you did, how did that work? Would you do it again the same way?

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Old 02-13-2018, 06:55 PM
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Yes the tray is included however, like all? IFR units, the Gps antenna is not. the manual has a list of which other manufacturers antennas can be used as well. You existing one could be eligible.
As for the great 'trade in' deal - I don't know how many have done that, I just replaced my GX60 with the IFD440.
BTW - the free APPs are great & by using iPad the 440 can be displayed on a much bigger screen, more cost effective for some this way
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Old 02-14-2018, 07:06 AM
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Thanks! Where did you buy yours?
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:10 AM
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Default just did the trade in

I just did the trade in of my 430W for an IFD440 in early December. I did it directly with Avidyne, email me and I can give you contact info if you want (paulgardetto@gmail.com).

Would I do it again, Absolutely!!

I going to fly right now with my new avidyne and play with all these neat features.
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Old 02-14-2018, 12:42 PM
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I just did the trade as well. Sent my 430W to Stein and he sent me a new Avidyne 440 using the existing 430 tray and backplate. Just remember to take a picture of the setting/configure page of your existing 430 to transfer that info to your new Avidyne (which I forgot to do!). I do like this Avidyne unit so far.
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:57 PM
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For those of you who bought an Avidyne IFD540/440, where did you buy it? Did it come with the tray/installation kit or was that separate? Did anybody take advantage of the GNS-430(W)/530(W) trade in stuff? If you did, how did that work? Would you do it again the same way?
I bought my IFD540 from Stein (actually Christer - I didn't see Stein there when I picked it up). The installation kit was extra since it was a new install; if you are replacing a 430/530 you wouldn't need it.

I'd totally do it the same way again.
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Old 02-15-2018, 02:58 AM
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I sold my 430w on eBay and got $1000 more than Avidyne trade in quote and purchased my 440 from Advanced Flight Systems with my settings all set up.
Avidyne avertises plug and play but if you have have a 12v system you need to have the circuit breakers for the comm 10 amps and for the gps 7.5 amps
so I had to upgrade those. It needs more power than the 430.
I.m very satisfied with it.

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Old 02-15-2018, 05:37 AM
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Thanks! Where did you buy yours?
From Avidyne
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Old 02-23-2018, 08:36 PM
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Looking at this also, right now my best qoute is $4500 + my trade. My question, do I really want to spend another $850 for the BT option? What do you get for that money besides zapping a flight plan from your iPad over to the Navigator? And can it be added later?
Tnx, Tim Andres
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Old 02-23-2018, 09:10 PM
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Looking at this also, right now my best qoute is $4500 + my trade. My question, do I really want to spend another $850 for the BT option? What do you get for that money besides zapping a flight plan from your iPad over to the Navigator? And can it be added later?
Tnx, Tim Andres
With BT and WiFi, you can also use the IFD100 iPad app to control all aspects of the IFD440 - with a larger screen to boot. It is my understanding that all IFD's have the BT/WiFi hardware. The $850 option is to enable the hardware via a software key of some sort (believe it is tied to your N-number). Should be able to add any time you want - but you should probably check with Avidyne.
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