Aspen Avionics received supplemental type certificate (STC) approval of its EFD1000 Pilot and Pro primary flight display in an additional 239 aircraft models, the company announced July 29. The expanded list of aircraft includes tailwheels and seaplanes and brings the total number of approved models to 625.
The company also said it has added the capability for the Pilot and Pro to interface with the Century and ARC line of autopilots.
To deliver on its initial promise of offering datalink weather on its displays, Aspen said the new Evolution Weather Receiver, priced at $2,495, is now available for the primary flight display. The multifunction display is expected to be certified in April 2009. The new receiver offers all the XM weather features pilots have come to expect, including radar, lightning, and text weather products. The receiver is made by Heads Up Technologies and will be available in the first quarter of next year, the company said.
“It’s been a fun ride for all of us,” said Aspen President and CEO John Uczekaj. Aspen Avionics announced the Evolution Flight Display system at Oshkosh last year, and units are now operating across the fleet, including one in a 1949 Bonanza and a P-51. “What a difference a year makes,” said Uczekaj.