Guardian Combines CO Detection and Bluetooth for iPad

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As if to bookend Garmin's decision to release a major app for tablet computers, another company, Guardian Avionics, has developed a clever box that distributes GPS data into the cockpit through a wireless Bluetooth link. Guardian is best known for its extensive line of sophisticated carbon monoxide detectors, but in this podcast, company owner Ash Vij told us that now Guardian has combined CO detection and GPS bluetooth capability in a single box.

The $995 Aero454 receives position data from an in-panel Garmin GPS such as a GNS430 or G1000 and then relays this via Bluetooth to up to three iPads in the cockpit. It can also crunch and display the in-panel GPS's active flightplan data and display that on various popular apps. Currently, the Aero454 is integrated with FlightGuide's navigation app but Vij says Guardian is working on integration for ForeFlight and WingX nav apps as well.