Aspen Avionics has received a supplemental type certificate for installation of a digital, independent backup primary flight display that is designed to replace mechanical standby instruments and associated systems in glass cockpits.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico-based company’s Evolution Backup Display will let pilots who use integrated glass panel systems “complete the digital transformation of their panels,” Aspen Avionics announced at the Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida.
The Evolution Backup Display is “a fully digital, independent primary flight display (PFD) designed to replace mechanical backup instruments and the associated vacuum system supporting those instruments in Part 23 electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) installations,” Aspen Avionics said.
The system, now available for installation through authorized dealers, is based on the company’s Evolution Flight Display system, which has had more than 11,000 installations since certification in 2008, Aspen said.
“If the primary cockpit EFIS system fails, transitioning to a glass backup display rather than a mechanical instrument will be much more intuitive and less stressful in emergency situations,” said Perri Coyne, Aspen director of marketing operations. The display can be configured to include Aspen’s angle of attack indicator, synthetic vision, and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast traffic and weather as optional functions.
The Evolution Backup Display comes with a large capacity emergency power source that provides two hours of continuous operation as standard equipment. The system is available in portrait orientation with basic configuration ($5,995) or advanced configuration ($8,995).