Preliminary information on the MGL Avionics
What is iEFIS ?
iEFIS is a
registered trademark owned by MGL Avionics. iEFIS is the next generation
EFIS system utilizing a custom developed, pressure sensitive, sunlight
readable touch screen that can also be operated using gloves. iEFIS
combines the undeniable advantages of simplyfied operation that a touch
screen can offer with rich traditional controls which are equaly
indispensible in the cockpit environment. The pressure sensitive touch
screen operates much like a tactile button does preventing false
activation when touching the screen during turbulent conditions. A simple
but highly effective solution...
What does the iEFIS architecture look like
iEFIS is highly modular in order to increase flexibility
for special applications but also to reduce system cost for typical use.
Three panel sizes will be released initially. The panels contain powerful
processing capabilities, high resolution, sunlight readable touch screens
and traditional user interfaces but completely lack everything that makes
an EFIS a "EFIS". There are no device interfaces, no sensors. This makes
the cost of the panels very attractive. The actual EFIS part containing a
rich multitude of interfaces, pressure sensors etc is contained in a
seperate small unit that can be mounted behind the panel in a convenient
location. This unit is called the "iBOX". If redundancy is needed, two of
these can be used in a system in a controlled main and hot standby system.
Each iBOX connects via a private network to up to 8 iEFIS panels (which
can be of various types). This makes multi-panel systems very affordable
while at the same time greatly simplifying installation
Typical aircraft systems devices such as engine
monitoring systems (RDAC), AHRS, compass, external navigation and COM
systems all connect to the iBOX. The only wiring to a panel required is
power and the communications cable to the iBOX.
What are the iEFIS panel sizes
The first release is the 8.5" wide screen format
iEFIS Explorer shown in the image above. This will be
followed soon therafter with a 7" unit called the iEFIS
Discovery and the iEFIS Challenger which weighs
in at a large 10.4". The 7" explorer uses a special IPS technology screen
giving 180 degrees viewing angle in any direction which allows this device
to be used in either landscape or portrait mode as needed.
Does iEFIS preserve the flexibility of the
current MGL EFIS systems for user modification such as custom screen
Yes, this is preserved - however more "plug and
play" choices are available to ease use by customers who do not want to
customize their units.
What about wireless ? What about my iPAD ? What
about my Android tablet ?
The iEFIS architecture offers a
wireless Wifi node that can take the place of any of the theoretical 8
panels you could connect to an iBOX. While this is primarily intended for
flight planning (such as upload your flightplan from a tablet) and flight
data recording (useful for experiments and aircraft manufacturers) - the
wireless node has access to everything a normal panel has so it could
become a full EFIS as well, just wireless. It is also possible to consider
using just an iBOX without any iEFIS panels at all and a iPAD or Android
"EFIS" perhaps for very low cost installations in smaller aircraft.
I am a Android or iPAD developer. I want to make
an App for iEFIS.
You are welcome. The protocol required
to access the iBOX and iEFIS panels via the Wifi node will be released to
the public domain. If you can send and receive data over a TCP/IP link you
are all set to go...
I want to write my own iEFIS software to run on
the iEFIS panels.
You have come to the right place. This
will be supported towards the end of the year when the G3 upgrade of pur
processing platform is expected (plug in upgrade PCB). This system runs a
basic version of Linux allowing you to do anything you like with the
When will iEFIS be available for ordering
The iEFIS explorer is scheduled for release in April.
Orders will only be accepted if we can deliver but you can place your
details on a waiting list which is highly recommended (and does not cost
you anything even if you decide to cancel later). Contact your
The other two sizes are to be released a bit later, most
likely towards the third quarter of this year.
How does iEFIS affect the current MGL EFIS
systems ? Are these going to die ?
No, not at all. These
systems are in wide spread use and have a different architecture to the
iEFIS panels and follow more traditional ways of thinking. These panels
will not only continue to be supported but in fact will continue to be
developed up to the G3 standard later this year.
Can I have dimensions for the panels - I want to
see if they are going to fit.
Panel dimensions iEFIS
Panel dimensions iEFIS
iEFIS Challenger (10.4")
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