October 12, 2010
By Dave Hirschman
Aspen Avionics has developed an FAA-certified adaptor that enables the air data computers that drive its primary and multi-function displays to communicate with a range of attitude-based autopilots.
Aspen PFD and MFD customers now have the option of replacing aging mechanical gyros with new attitude-based systems that provide greater accuracy, additional capabilities, and reliability. The Aspen adaptor is known as the EA100.
“The EA100 improves installed legacy autopilots by providing superior digital attitude information, effectively breathing new life into the aircraft’s automatic flight control system,” said Brad Hayden, Aspen vice president of marketing. “The EA100 adaptor has the added benefit of eliminating the expensive ongoing repair and overhaul costs associated with maintaining mechanical autopilot attitude gyros.”
The EA100 can be connected to more than one air data computer at a time for additional reliability. The first version of the EA100 will allow replacement of King KI-256 attitude indicator, and future versions are aimed at Bendix/King, Collins, Cessna/ARC, and Sperry autopilot systems.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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