Aspen’s Connected™ Panel Technology Takes Flight on Pilatus PC-12 NG Aircraft
Wireless cockpit technology streamlines data loading, maintenance tracking, and flight planning
Albuquerque, NM: Aspen Avionics announced today that the company’s groundbreaking Connected™ Panel technology will be integrated into the new Pilatus PC-12 NG Connected flight deck system. The Pilatus PC-12 NG features state-of-the-art Honeywell Primus Apex® avionics enhanced with a suite of mobile apps that simplify and streamline operational activities. Aspen’s Connected™ for Pilatus platform enables wireless communication between the apps and the certified avionics installed in the flight deck.
To optimize the Connected system for the PC-12 NG, a new Connected Gateway box, the CG100P, has been developed in close association with Pilatus, Honeywell and Jeppesen. The CG100P installation approval is covered under the Pilatus PC-12 NG Type Certificate and does not require an Aspen display.
Aspen’s Connected for Pilatus includes the CG100P hardware and software that supports the wireless link between Connected Panel Enabled apps and the panel-mounted avionics via an Apple iPad®. Jeppesen, Honeywell, Pilatus, and Aspen are each developing apps that will provide a broad range of operational and passenger support for the new PC-12 NG Connected flight deck system.
“Connected for Pilatus creates a better flight experience for pilots and owners by streamlining maintenance logging and data loading activities,” says Aspen’s Vice President of Marketing Brad Hayden. “Aspen’s leading-edge Connected technology offers new opportunities for data management that were unimagined only a few years ago. We are pleased that our technology is improving the customer experience for Pilatus pilots and operators.”
Initial deliveries of the Connected Enabled PC-12 NG aircraft, along with the new and updated apps, are expected in the Summer of 2013.
“The sheer volume of data flowing in and out of the cockpit is increasing exponentially, and as a result, the need for efficient data management solutions is more critical then ever,” says Tom Aniello, Vice President of Marketing for Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. “Connected for Pilatus guarantees that we will have an open, scalable platform that can be leveraged to seamlessly load, synchronize, and manage that data stream for our customers.”
Established in 1939, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is now the world’s leading manufacturer of single-engine turboprop aircraft and the only Swiss company to develop, build and sell aircraft and training systems on every continent. Headquartered in Stans, in the heart of Switzerland, Pilatus is also licensed to perform maintenance and conversion work on various aircraft types. The Pilatus Group further includes three independent subsidiaries in Broomfield (Colorado, USA), Adelaide (Australia) and Altenrhein (Switzerland). Pilatus is one of the biggest employers in central Switzerland, with a workforce of over 1,500 people at its head office. The company may be found on the web at www.pilatus-aircraft.com.
About Connected™ Panel
The Connected Panel system includes hardware, software and application components that provide two-way wireless communications between portable smart devices and panel-mounted avionics. The power to streamline flight-related activities is enabled via a blind-mounted Connected Gateway box. A vibrant community of partners – inside and outside the aviation industry – is developing applications and products that will offer convenient and powerful tools to use, manage, store, and share flight data. Connected Panel technology allows you to tie your world together seamlessly into a fully integrated flying experience. For more information, visit www.connectedpanel.com.
About Aspen Avionics, Inc.
A new way to look at avionics.
Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability from the commercial and business aviation markets into general aviation cockpits—and budgets. Our products increase situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, making it easier and safer to fly in both VFR and IFR conditions. The way we look at it, getting the latest avionics technology shouldn’t always mean spending a lot of money—on equipment or installation. At Aspen Avionics, we design products to be affordable, easy to install, and easy to own.