July 31, 2013
By Thomas A. Horne
Aspen Avionics is currently working on a new means of bringing ADS-B weather information to its Evolution primary flight displays and multifunction displays, as well as Apple iPads. Aspen’s new, two-ounce CG50 will mount behind the instrument panel and serve as a wireless hotspot for sending ADS-B weather information from popular portable, glareshield-mountable ADS-B receivers. With the CG50 in action, Nexrad weather radar returns will appear superimposed on the Aspen’s horizontal situation indicator display and/or multifunction display. Together with the displayed flight-planned route and nearby navaids and other fixes, the pilot will gain valuable situational awareness at a reasonable price. The unit is currently priced at $949 and should be available beginning in the first quarter of 2014, Aspen said.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
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