March 9, 2010
Aspen Avionics, Inc. has announced the approval of a supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of the Aspen EFD1000H into the Bell 206 and Bell 407 model helicopters. This STC was developed in partnership with Keystone Helicopters.
According to the company, the EFD1000H is the latest addition to the Evolution Flight Display System. Designed and manufactured to meet the demands of helicopter operations, Aspen’s EFD1000H enables rotorcraft operators to replace their legacy mechanical flight instruments with state-of-the-art electronic displays with little to no modification of the existing panel.
“This certification project has been many months in the making and we are looking forward to offering the Evolution glass panel system to Bell owners and operators,” says Anson Gray, Aspen’s Helicopter sales manager. “The EFD1000H’s lightweight, compact form, and specially designed vibration-isolating kit will be a huge plus for helicopter operators looking for a glass cockpit upgrade,” he adds.
Currently, the EFD1000H PFD is the lowest-priced certified electronic flight information system (EFIS) in the helicopter market. Glass cockpits allow increased situational awareness that enhances safety and reduces pilot workload. Aspen’s upgradable system permits helicopter operators to add features as their needs or budgets allow. This is good news for price-sensitive markets such as emergency medical service and airborne law enforcement, where shrinking state and local budgets have affected equipment upgrade spending.
For more information visit the Aspen Web site.
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