Business & GA, Embedded Avionics

Aspen PFD Awarded FAA TSO

By Tish Drake | July 8, 2010
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Aspen Avionics, of Albuquerque, N.M., was granted FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) Authorization for its Evolution EFD1000C3 Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD) for Class III aircraft. The TSO certifies that the PFD software meets the Level B assurance levels required for FAR Part 23 Class III aircraft, making the displays available to operators of piston and turbine aircraft weighing between 6,000 and 12,500 pounds.

“Many of the Class III aircraft are used in revenue-generating activities such as air freight, corporate travel and air charter. They require feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective avionics packages that can be installed with minimal downtime. The Aspen Evolution Flight Display System is designed to meet these specific requirements,” said Aspen President and CEO John Uczekaj.

Initial additions to Aspen’s Approved Model List (AML) include many popular Class III airframes such as the Piper Navajo and Cheyenne series, most King Air models, the Cessna 400 series, and turbine Twin Commanders. More than 200 Class III models are currently approved and Aspen is continually working with the FAA to add more models to the list.

The EFD1000C3 Pro PFD includes integrated GPS Steering, digital HSI with dual bearing pointers and moving map. Aspen is also offering Evolution packages that bundle MFDs with the PFD. The EFD1000 MFD and 500 MFD both support hazard awareness features like weather, traffic and Stormscope, as well as Charts and Geo-referenced Airport Diagrams. The 1000 MFD also includes fully redundant ADAHRS sensors.

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