October 1, 2009
By Ian J. Twombly
Aspen Avionics announced Sept. 30 that it had received a large approved model list of supplemental type certificates (STCs) for its EFD500 multifunction display, EFD1000 MFD, and EWR50 weather receiver.
With the announcement, more than 650 aircraft models are now eligible to install the equipment with an approved STC. The approval is a sign of major progress at the small Albuquerque, N.M.-based manufacturer, who only announced the PFD and MFD two years ago at EAA AirVenture. And the STC approval comes two weeks on the heels of the technical standard order (TSO) approval.
“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. A representative from the company went on to say that because installing both the PFD and MFD means the aircraft is equipped with redundant systems, the FAA has approved the removal of many standard mechanical gauges.
The EFD500 retails for $4,995, and the EFD1000 retails for $7,995.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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