If you fly an Avidyne-equipped Cirrus SR20 or SR22 you almost certainly rely on the MFD to display detailed engine data. The MFD does that job quite well, but the hardware and software was designed over 15 years ago and hasn't changed in that time. The hardware is becoming more expensive to maintain and there is no prospect of any software upgrade in the future.
The BlueMAX adapter enables you to access the same engine data as the MFD uses but stream it wirelessly via Bluetooth to a portable device such as a phone or tablet allowing easier and more versatile ways to view the data. An optional connection can be made to GPS data allowing this to also be streamed to your portable device.
BlueMAX logs data in real time to your portable device, eliminating the need to download engine data from your MFD with a USB stick. You can view the data directly on your Android/iOS device or immediately upload it to analysis tools like FlightData and Savvyanalysis.
BlueMAX monitors the data quality from CHT and EGT probes, and will flag those that appear to have bad connections, helping you make informed decisions about whether a high temperature is real or an indication error.
Data is logged once per second instead of once every 6 seconds on the Avidyne MFD. This captures short changes in engine parameters and makes post-flight analysis of GAMI sweeps and magneto checks much more useful.
With BlueMAX installed a failure of your MFD becomes a minor issue, and if you’re faced with a multi-thousand dollar fee to repair the MFD you may choose to replace it with an iPad and BlueMAX.
Not only is data analysis on the ground easy, but BlueMAX lets you graph the data for your current flight while still in the air! Something changed? See exactly what happened and when.
BlueMAX allows you to set your own limits on engine parameters. Think 420F is too high for redline CHT? Choose your own. Set caution limits where you want them and be alerted when they are exceeded.
BlueMAX enables you to track the contents of each fuel tank in flight. It will prompt you to switch tanks when the imbalance between sides requires it.
If connected to a GPS source, BlueMAX provides a moving map and route information, with fuel at destination and other information.
BlueMAX is a simple 1 hour installation in most Avidyne and ARNAV Cirrus aircraft. It’s also compatible with many JPI engine monitors.
Installation of BlueMAX has been approved by EASA, which directly covers all countries in the EASA regulatory structure. This also means it can be installed in other countries that have bilateral agreements with EASA, including Australia, the USA and Canada.
Other countries may also accept EASA approval under a bilateral agreement. The references for this reciprocal acceptance are: