Aspen Avionics Announces NextGen Solutions
Aspen leverages open-architecture for new ADS-B compatible products
Las Vegas, NV, March 26, 2013: Aspen Avionics announced today two new lines of NextGen products designed to give aircraft owners flexible and affordable options to meet the upcoming FAA ADS-B Out equipment mandate, and to access the subscription-free weather and traffic services available from the ADS-B In network. Aspen's product introductions include a new, certified NextGen product line and an expansion to the company's existing Connected Panel™ wireless cockpit technology.
"Consistent with Aspen's design philosophy, these new products are open, compatible and designed to complement what aircraft owners already have in their panels," says Brad Hayden, Aspen's Vice President of Marketing. "In addition, these new solutions are optimized for our displays, giving Aspen customers even more value for their glass panel investment."
Connected Panel ADS-B Solutions
Aspen is expanding the Connected Panel product line with the Connected Weather CG50. The CG50 is a small Wi-Fi receiver that hard-wires into Evolution displays and allows pilots to simultaneously view subscription-free ADS-B In weather on an
Evolution PFD or MFD--and via an iPad from the same portable source. The CG50 portable ADS-B receiver interface can be retrofitted on existing Aspen displays already in the field.
Additionally, Aspen is introducing an upgrade to the Connected Pilot CG100, which allows users to display subscription-free weather from portable ADS-B receivers onto Evolution PFDs and MFDs. This new functionality can be applied to existing CG100 installations and adds ADS-B weather to the other core Connected Pilot features like flight planning and data logging.
Certified ADS-B Solutions
Aspen's new certified NextGen product line provides ADS-B features pilots want, while leveraging installed avionics to keep flyaway costs low.
Aspen's ARX100 dual-band ADS-B receiver is a solution for aircraft that already have a Mode S transponder with Extended Squitter and an ADS-B compliant GPS installed. The ARX100 is a certified ADS-B weather and traffic In solution and is compatible with Aspen Evolution PFDs and MFDs.
Aspen's ATX200 dual-band in, 978 MHz out ADS-B transceiver is built for aircraft that have a Mode A/C transponder, or Mode S without Extended Squitter, and a WAAS-enabled GPS installed. The ATX200 provides ADS-B Out mandate compliance below 18,000 feet.
The ATX200G combines a dual-band in, 978 MHz out ADS-B transceiver and a WAAS GPS into one product, a perfect solution for aircraft with a legacy mode A/C transponder and without an ADS-B compatible GPS. Paired with an Aspen Evolution PFD or MFD, the ATX200G meets the ADS-B Out mandate while also providing access to subscription-free ADS-B weather and traffic.
"Designed to work with what aircraft owners already have in their panels, Aspen's affordable NextGen ADS-B solutions provide an easy, cost-effective path to meeting the upcoming ADS-B Out mandate, while allowing many paths to exploit the free situational awareness features provided by the NextGen environment," Hayden continues. "Additionally, in order to increase our overall compatibility with other manufacturers, Aspen's NextGen solutions will support the Capstone Data Interface Protocol."
Availability and Pricing
Aspen's entire suite of ADS-B products will become available throughout 2013.
The Aspen ADS-B hardware and software products are priced as follows:
- The ARX100 dual-band ADS-B receiver retails for $1695.
- The ARX200 dual-band ADS-B transceiver retails for $3995.
- The ATX200G dual-band in, 978 MHz out ADS-B transceiver with WAAS GPS retails for $4995.
- The Connected Weather CG50 wi-fi receiver and interface to Evolution displays retails for $949.
- The Connected Pilot CG100 software is included with the CG100.
Aspen has also made available an online ADS-B solutions configurator tool for aircraft owners to determine the Aspen solution that best meets their needs. The configurator may be found at www.aspenavionics.com/easyadsb.
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About Aspen Avionics, Inc.
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.
About the Evolution Flight Display System
The Aspen Evolution Flight Display System is an affordable, expandable and upgradeable PFD, MFD and hazard sensor cockpit solution for general aviation aircraft and rotorcraft platforms. Highly compatible with existing aircraft 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.
About Connected Panel
The Connected Panel system includes hardware, software and application components that provide two-way wireless communications between portable smart devices and certified panel-mounted avionics. The power to streamline flight-related activities is enabled via Aspen's Evolution Flight Displays and a blind-mounted Connected Gateway box. A vibrant community of partners - inside and outside the aviation industry - is developing applications and products using Connected Panel technology that will offer convenient and powerful tools to use, manage, and store flight data. Connected Panel technology allows pilots to tie their world together seamlessly into a fully integrated flying experience. For more information, visit www.connectedpanel.com.