March 23, 2011
By Dave Hirschman
Evolution and Avidyne DFC90: DFC90 uses Aspen's superior, solid-state digital AHRS solution as attitude source while the DFC90 modes and fly-to references will be shown on the EFD1000; available Q4, 2011.
Avidyne and Aspen Avionics are teaming up to allow Avidyne’s digital DFC90 autopilot to work with Aspen’s EFD1000 Evolution primary flight display.
Until now, the attitude-based DFC90 autopilots would only operate in Avidyne Entegra glass-cockpit avionics suites. The DFC90 has a “Straight & Level” feature that is capable of recovering from extreme unusual attitudes, and it gives aural and visual warnings of excessively high or low airspeeds and bank angles—even when the autopilot isn’t engaged.
The DFC90 has been a popular retrofit in Avidyne Entegra-equipped aircraft since it was introduced last year—and the combination with Aspen enlarges the pool of aircraft that potentially use the Avidyne autopilot.
The EFD1000 will display DFC90 modes, and the combinations are expected to be available to customers in the fourth quarter of this year.
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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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