Sun 'n Fun

Guardian Panels Now Fit iPhone X, iPad Pro

 - April 9, 2018, 5:37 PM
The Guardian Avionics smartPanel mount enables docking of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro in Part 23 and experimental aircraft instrument panels.

Guardian Avionics (Booth B-056) has developed new flush smartPanel Mounts for Part 23 and experimental aircraft to fit the iPhone X and 10.5-inch iPad Pro models, it announced this week at Sun 'n' Fun 2018. Authorized for installation in Part 23 aircraft by the FAA as non-required safety enhancing equipment (NORSEE), the mounts fit flush to the instrument panel, allowing users to dock the Apple device quickly and with connections to power, data, and audio in the mount. 

The two new mounts include cooling fans and can be powered by 14- or 28-volt electrical systems. Flush smartPanel Mounts are now available for all in-production Apple mobile devices. Made of ABS plastic, they feature a spring-loaded receiver that holds the device securely and ports for Apple’s Lightning cable and 3.5-mm audio cable (sold separately or available as a package from Guardian).

Introductory prices for its smartPanel Mount for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (mount and fan chassis) and iPhone X mount are $299 and $199, respectively. The mounts will be available in mid-May.

“We are happy to have the continued support of the FAA with installation authorization being granted in Part 23 aircraft under NORSEE,” said Guardian Avionics president Ash Vij. “NORSEE is helping to bring the costs of aircraft upgrades like this to lower levels for pilots and owners of certified aircraft.”