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Aspen at AirVenture 2015 Continuing Innovating New and Improved Avionics
Aspen's line expanded with these new innovations: an approved AOA function; a partnership with L3 to package the Lynx transponders with Aspen's PFD; and support for a program to help aircraft owners upgrade to ADS-B.
By Dave Higdon
Aspen Avionics unleashed a number of new products, improved products and partnership programs at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, including enhancements to a program aimed at helping aircraft owners meet the pending mandate for ADS-B Out compliance by the year 2020.
Aspen & L-3 partner on ADS-B solution
L-3 and Aspen are partnering to package an integrated system of Aspen's primary and multi-function displays and L-3’s Lynx NGT-9000 MultiLink Surveillance System. Demonstrations of the integrated display system are available in the Aspen Avionics booth and in the L-3 booth (Hangar C, Booth 3109). This partnership extends to joint sales and service support for customers.
“Aspen and L-3 share a common philosophy; we firmly believe that open systems create more opportunities for collaboration,” said President and CEO John Uczekaj.
“Aspen is exactly the type of forward-looking company we enjoy partnering with,” added Larry Riddle, L-3 Aviation Products vice president of marketing and sales for business, regional and general aviation.
L-3's Lynx NGT-9000 touchscreen Mode S extended squitter transponder with integrated touchscreen display and an internal GPS/WAAS ports ADS-B traffic and weather data to the Aspen's Evolution displays through an RS-232 interface. The package gives pilots multiple options to arrange data on the larger Aspen displays−allowing them to view more information where and when they need it.
Sales of packaged bundles of Aspen's displays and the NGT-9000 begin at the end of August, with packages and pricing at:
- EFD1000 Pro Plus (includes synthetic vision and AOA) NGT-9000: $20,795—$1,695 savings;
- Aspen Evolution 1500 system; includes Pro Plus primary flight display (includes synthetic vision and AOA), MFD 500 multi-function display NGT-9000: $24,655—$3,875 savings.
Aspen also introduced the Evolution Pro Plus safety package, which delivers the Evolution primary flight display (PFD) preloaded with synthetic vision and its newest safety product, the Evolution Angle of Attack (AOA) indicator. Purchased together, the system retails for $13,995, a $1,695 savings over purchasing each separately.
“We are offering an affordably-priced Aspen Evolution PFD with pre-installed safety features that no one else can match in value,” said Mark Ferrari, vice president sales and customer support. That option is also available to existing Aspen PFD customers for $3,295–the same $1,695 savings the company offers new customers who purchase the Pro Plus package. “Our Pro Plus for Class 3 aircraft will be announced at later date,” Ferrari added
The AOA Upgrade
Aspen has earned FAA approval for its new software-based integrated Angle of Attack (AOA) system for its Evolution PFD and MFD displays. Unlike other AOAs, Aspen’s patent-pending solution seamlessly integrates AOA technology directly into its Evolution displays through a software upgrade. The software is priced at $1,995. Deliveries begin immediately.
“We worked closely with the FAA to integrate Aspen’s AOA technology into our displays in a timely and efficient manner,” Uczekaj said.
“The FAA’s focus on reducing loss of control accidents through increased focus on AOA and efficient certification processes played a large role in our ability to bring this to market.”
Aspen's unique approach to AOA indicators provides owners significant installation savings while also reducing aircraft downtime. After a simple software upgrade to the Aspen display the system requires a only short calibration flight as part of the return to service.
Finally, Aspen announced their participation in the NextGen GA Fund’s new Jumpstart GA-IN program, the second in a series of efforts to help ease the financial burden of ADS-B compliance for general aviation.
Aircraft owners can comply and realize the benefits of subscription-free ADS-B traffic and weather using Aspen displays coupled with L-3’s Lynx NGT-2500 ADS-B unit. The pre-packaged options are:
Evolution VFR PFD, Evolution Pro 1000 PFD, or the Evolution 1500 system with the Pro 1000 PFD Evolution MFD 500 multi-function display.
All packages include an antenna (if required) and a $2,000 installation labor credit. Through this program, owners can achieve ADS-B for under $300 per month, the company said.
“There has been a lot of conversations and opinions about how the general aviation community will be able to affordably comply with the January 2020 mandate,” said Uczekaj. “This program cleanly addresses the general aviation community’s concerns from both a compliance and financial standpoint.”
The NextGen GA fund product bundles will be offered for a limited time and must be installed by an FAA-certified repair station. Orders can be placed through the NextGen GA Fund or through an Aspen Avionics Authorized dealer. To find an Aspen Avionics authorized dealer go to www.aspenavionics.com/where-to-buy.