Guardian Avionics Adds EM100 To Its smartPlane System

The iPad-based engine monitor adapts to a range of piston aircraft.

Guardian Avionics President Ash Vij presents the EM100 at Oshkosh 2019
Guardian Avionics President Ash Vij presents the EM100 at Oshkosh 2019.Julie Boatman

A few years ago, Ash Vij, president of Guardian Avionics, began development on a system for consolidating the data—besides navigation information—that pilots would find critical to access during flight, and want to further analyze on the ground. The smartPlane 851 system was the result: an iPad-based application and components that would blend to deliver this data to the pilot in a user-friendly way.

On Tuesday, July 23, Guardian announced the addition of the EM100 engine monitoring system to the smartPlane 851 suite at EAA AirVenture. “We wanted to bring more data to the pilot,” said Vij, as he outlined what that data would include: EGT, CHT, TIT, OAT, oil temperature and pressure, fuel pressure, fuel flow, and fuel levels, and RPM and manifold pressure as well as voltage and amperage.

The EM100 can be configured for 4- and 6-cylinder piston engines, and will first be introduced to the experimental/homebuilt market. Vij indicated that the smartPlane 851 system is currently allowed under the FAA’s NORSEE (non-essential safety enhancing equipment) program for Part 23 certificated aircraft—and he intends to pursue full FAA certification later in the year.

For a demonstration, visit Guardian at the Main Aircraft Display, booth 207. Testing on the EM100 was done in an RV-9A, which will be on display as well.