February 22, 2010
Aspen Avionics, Inc. has earned supplemental-type-certificate (STC) approval to install its EFD1000H flight display system in Bell 206 and Bell 407 helicopters. The STC was developed in partnership with Keystone Helicopters. Perhaps better known as the Evolution Flight Display System, the EFD1000H replaces the traditional “six pack” of round gauges with a single flat screen display that fits into a standard three-inch instrument hole. The EFD1000H depicts attitude, altitude, airspeed, heading, and navigation information, complete with an electronic HSI having course deviation indicators and dual bearing pointers.
The EFD1000H is compatible with existing avionics, and expandable and upgradable to accommodate future avionics features and products.
Additional features include a built-in Air Data Attitude and Heading Reference System (ADAHRS), a backup battery, a backup GPS receiver, and a specially-designed vibration isolating kit tailored for helicopter installations. Aspen suggests a retail price of $14,995 for the EFD1000H.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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