Albuquerque, NM, September 30, 2009: Aspen Avionics today received from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) its Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for the EFD500 Multi-Function Display (MFD); the EFD1000 MFD; and the EWR50 Weather Receiver. This certification, combined with the TSO (Technical Standard Order) certification granted to the company nearly two weeks ago, authorizes installation of Aspen’s MFDs and weather receivers into over 650 airplane makes and models, representing the majority of single-engine airplanes and light twins in the general aviation fleet, and all of its most popular models.
“Aspen’s offering of certified avionics products has increased dramatically, and the unique value of our glass cockpit system can now be fully realized,” said John Uczekaj, President and CEO of Aspen Avionics. “Existing EFD1000 Primary Flight Display (PFD) customers can now expand their Evolution Flight Display Systems by adding MFDs and hazard awareness options to their cockpits. New Aspen customers can also select from the wide variety of Evolution products now available to customize their panels to fit their specific needs and budgets.”
The Aspen Evolution Flight Display System is an affordable, expandable and upgradable PFD, MFD and hazard sensor cockpit solution for General Aviation (GA) aircraft. The highly flexible Evolution Flight Display System lets aircraft owners install all three Evolution Flight Displays and options at once, or separately, as their needs and budgets permit.
“Aspen Avionics enjoys a strong working relationship with the FAA,” said Peter Lyons, Co-founder and VP of Product Management for Aspen. “We share a common desire to introduce affordable, safety-enhancing technology and critical-systems redundancy into the GA fleet, and continue to receive outstanding support from the FAA as we work together to achieve this goal.”
Due to the unprecedented level of redundancy and reliability built into the Evolution Flight Display System, the FAA also approved the removal of many of the mechanical standby instruments in Aspen installations; these backup instruments must otherwise be retained in competing glass cockpit solutions on the market. “Aspen is the only glass cockpit manufacturer that has obtained FAA approval to remove most mechanical backups,” continued Lyons. “We are pleased that we can provide this unique option to our customers.”
The EFD500 MFD has a list price of $4,995, and the EFD1000 MFD has a list price of $7,995. The EWR50 Weather Receiver is listed at $2,495. All Aspen units are available only through Aspen Avionics Authorized Dealers. A complete list of dealers, and detailed product information, can be found at www.aspenavionics.com/index.php/where-to-buy.
The approved AML-STC can be found at www.aspenavionics.com/index.php/products/evolution/approvals/.
About Aspen Avionics, Inc.
Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability from the commercial and business aviation markets into general aviation cockpits — and budgets. Our products increase situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, making it even easier and safer to fly in both VFR and IFR conditions. The way we look at it, getting the latest avionics technology shouldn’t always mean spending a lot of money — on equipment or installation. At Aspen Avionics, we design products to be affordable, easy to install, and easy to own. The company can be found on the web at www.aspenavionics.com, and may be reached at (505) 856-5034.