Certification of its Evolution primary
flight display (PFD) for Class III aircraft—those weighing between
6,000 and 12,500 pounds—was among the new products and programs Aspen
Avionics introduced at AirVenture.
high-valued glass-cockpit is now approved for aircraft weighing
up to 12,500 pounds.
“Many of the Class III aircraft are
used in revenue-generating activities such as air freight, corporate
travel, and air charter,” said John Uczekaj, Aspen’s president and
“They require feature-rich, reliable,
and cost-effective avionics packages that can be installed with minimal
“The Aspen Evolution flight display
system is designed to meet these specific requirements.”
More than 200 Class III models are
currently approved, including Cessna 400 series, Piper Navajo and
Cheyenne series, turbine Twin Commanders, and most King Air models.
In addition to providing integrated GPS
steering, digital HSI with dual bearing pointers and moving map, Aspen’s
EFD1000C3 Pro primary flight display system eliminates the recurring
costs of overhauling aging mechanical gyros, according to the company,
reducing overall operating expenses. The PFD can be bundled with an MFD,
providing low-cost glass panel redundancy, reliability, and situational
awareness for retrofit steam gauge panels.
The EFD1000C3 Pro PFD has a list price of
$12,995, but it’s being offered at a special launch pricing of $10,995
until October 31, 2010.
Aspen also announced that geo-referencing—the
display of an aircraft’s relative position on navigation charts—is
now available on all instrument approach procedures and airport diagrams
displayed on Aspen’s EFD1000 and EFD500 multi-function flight displays
This makes Albuquerque-based Aspen the
first certified geo-referenced chart solution.
The data is provided by Seattle Avionics
Software, which transforms government aeronautical charts and plates
using proprietary algorithms to produce the geo-referenced chart
The new functionality will enable pilots
to simultaneously view the approach chart and GPS flight plan data
without switching between different MFD pages, improving situational
awareness and reducing cockpit workload.
“This joint development for the
additional ChartData functionality is significant in that it realizes a
common goal for Aspen and Seattle Avionics—to bring affordable
technology to the general aviation community,” said Brad Hayden, Aspen’s
vice president of marketing.
“No other certified avionics
manufacturer offers this level of functionality at this price point.”
The geo-referenced software comes
standard on all Aspen MFDs. ChartData subscription updates are available
from Seattle Avionics Software.
A one-time update costs $99, and annual
subscriptions cost $299.
Aspen also announced the addition of new
interactive areas to its website, including an online pilot forum
moderated by former AOPA President and current Aspen board member Phil
Boyer will also share his experiences
flying with the Evolution flight display in his Bonanza in an online
column, the Evolution Cockpit Chronicles.
The column will include Boyer’s
insights into how to transition smoothly from steam gauge to glass
instruments, plus tips and techniques for using the Evolution displays.
The company also unveiled an extended
warranty program for Evolution display products, extending the system’s
coverage for one year. The warranty covers component repair of the
Evolution flight display system and offers special pricing options for
AirVenture attendees don’t have to be
Aspen customers to benefit from the company’s dedication to general
For the third year, the company is
hosting its Welcome Center for campers in the North 40, adjacent to the
North 40 Admissions Gate.
“The North 40 is truly the heart of
AirVenture,” said Hayden. “It’s important for us as a company to
find ways to be closer to our customers and foster a feeling of
Aspen invites AirVenture attendees to
visit it in Hangar B, Booth 2126.