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Aspen, Western Win Approval for PFD, MFD

By Tish Drake | August 9, 2011
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Aspen Avionics, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Western Avionics, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, received Transport Canada approval for installation of Aspen’s H-series Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and Multi-Function Displays (MFD) into the Robinson R44 and R44 II model helicopters.

Aspen said its H-series PFD is a compact, all solid-state digital replacement for legacy mechanical flight instruments. The MFD adds features like high resolution moving maps, relative terrain and obstacle awareness, and traffic displays.

“The safety-enhancing benefits of glass panel technology have yet to be fully realized in the helicopter market,” says Anson Gray, Aspen’s helicopter program manager. “The Robinson platform will easily showcase Aspen’s reliable and versatile avionics solution.”

Western Avionics has also submitted for FAA and EASA validation of the STC to make it available to US and European operators. Approval for the R22 model is also underway.

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