Albuquerque, N.M.-based Aspen Avionics Inc., in partnership with Keystone Helicopters, now has a supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of the Aspen EFD1000H in the Bell 206 and Bell 407 helicopters.
The EFD1000H is the latest addition to the Evolution Flight Display System. Designed and manufactured to meet the rigors of helicopter operations, Aspen’s EFD1000H enables rotorcraft operators to replace their legacy mechanical flight instruments with new electronic displays with little to no modification of the existing panel. This new system will allow helicopter pilots to display terrain, traffic, and weather. Helicopters, which are more sensitive to weight than fixed wing, will benefit from the system’s light weight. Each unit weighs less than three pounds including the mounting bracket.
The Aspen Evolution Flight Display System is designed as an affordable, expandable, and upgradable primary flight display (PFD), multi-function display (MFD), and hazard sensor cockpit solution for general aviation aircraft. Built to be highly compatible with existing avionics, the flexible Evolution Flight Display System lets aircraft owners install all Evolution Flight Displays and options at once, or separately, as their needs and budgets permit.
“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,” said Anson Gray, Aspen’s Helicopter sales manager. “The EFD1000H’s light weight, compact form, and specially designed vibration-isolating kit will be a huge plus for helicopter operators looking for a glass cockpit upgrade,” he added.
Aspen Avionics will be demonstrating the new EFD1000H at Heli-Expo 2010 Feb. 21 through 23 in Houston, Texas.