Guardian Avionics Adds iPhone X and iPad Pro 10.5” to Line of smartPanel Mounts for Flush Installation in Aircraft Instrument Panels – Now with Built-In Cooling Fan

Posted by on 4/5/2018 to News
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Guardian Avionics, announces the addition of new flush panel mount models for the Apple iPhone X and Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch models to the smartPanel Mount line of mounting solutions to install an iPad or iPhone within the instrument panel on any FAA Certified Part 23 or experimental aircraft. The smartPanel line already includes mounts for the Apple iPad Pro (12.9”), the Apple iPad 9.7-inch models, iPad Mini, and the Apple iPhone 6/7/8 and 6+/7+/8+. With the addition of the two new mounts to the line, Guardian Avionics has a flush mounting solution for every current iPad and iPhone product on the market.

In addition, both new mounts feature a built-in cooling fan for either 14v or 28v systems to keep air moving behind the units and preventing the common problem of overheating. Aircraft owners no longer need to buy an additional fan to support cooling in the mounts.

“One of the most common questions we received from customers was how to add 3rd party cooling fans to our mounts… so we decided that it was best to just take the confusion away and design an embedded fan for our new line.” said Ash Vij, President of Guardian Avionics. “And because customers are upgrading their iPads and iPhones to the latest iPad 10.5 and iPhone X, we listened to their needs and are launching these new mounts as the first in the next generation of smartPanel.”

smartPanel Mounts have been well received by pilots, owners, and builders of both experimental and certified aircraft. The panel mounts create a clean position for the iPhone or iPad in the instrument panel, allowing the tablets and phones to be docked and removed in just seconds – with connection to power, data, and audio integrated right into the mount. 

Designed specifically for General Aviation engineers at Guardian Avionics, smartPanel Mounts are constructed of ABS plastic for long-term durability and resistance to temperature fluctuations. Each mount features a spring-loaded receiver for the iPad or iPhone that allow it to hold securely in the mount and absorb the vibrations in flight while allowing the iPad or iPhone to be docked and removed in seconds. Each model has port positions for the Apple MFi Certified Lightning cable and 3.5mm audio cable (cables and power supplies sold separately or available as a package from Guardian Avionics) to allow inflight power as well as connectivity to external GPS, engine management, and audio products installed in the aircraft. 

“We are happy to have the continued support of the FAA with installation authorization being granted in Part 23 aircraft under NORSEE (non-required safety enhancing equipment).” Vij continued. “NORSEE is helping to bring the costs of aircraft upgrades like this to lower levels for pilots and owners of certified aircraft.”

Deliveries of the smartPanel Mount for the iPad 10.5-inch will begin on in mid-May 2018, with an introductory price of $299.00 for the mount and fan chassis. Deliveries of the smartPanel Mount for iPhone X will also begin in mid-May 2018, with an introductory price of $199.00. Packages that include the 2.7 amp power supply, cables, and installation hardware may also be ordered.

About Guardian Avionics
Based in Tucson, Arizona and established in 1999, Guardian Avionics / CO Guardian is a leading provider of Carbon Monoxide detectors and connected cockpit solutions for General Aviation ranging from portable units to FAA TSO certified models. Guardian Avionics products are featured as standard safety equipment for new aircraft from OEMs including Cessna Aircraft Company, Cirrus Aircraft, Piper Aircraft, Diamond Aircraft Industries, and Beechcraft Corporation.  more information, please visit www.GuardianAvionics.com or contact by phone at 520-889-1177.

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