Aspen Avionics and Chippewa Aerospace Partner on Helicopter STCs
Albuquerque, NM, February 20, 2010: Aspen Avionics, Inc., manufacturer of the award-winning Evolution Flight Display System, and Chippewa Aerospace, a leading aerospace engineering service firm, announce their partnership to develop a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of the Aspen Evolution EFD1000H Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD), the EFD1000H Multi-Function Display (MFD), and the EFD500H MFD on the Robinson R22 and R44 and the Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 model helicopters.
The EFD1000H and EFD500H product series is the latest addition to the Evolution Flight Display System and is designed and manufactured to meet the rigors of helicopter operations. Aspen’s EFD1000H Pro PFD enables rotorcraft operators to replace their legacy mechanical flight instruments with state-of-the-art electronic displays that include robust Attitude and Heading Reference Sensors (AHRS) technology and a built-in backup battery. Adding the EFD1000H MFD or the EFD500H MFD as a second display can provide detailed moving maps, terrain awareness, and (with optional or existing sensors) traffic displays. The EFD1000H MFD contains a fully redundant set of AHRS and can function as a back up PFD through a single button push reversionary mode.
“Chippewa has been great to work with every step of the way in developing this customer solution and their partnership is important to our success in the helicopter market,” says Anson Gray, Aspen’s Helicopter Sales Manager. “We know that helicopter operators have unique needs. The EFD1000H and the EFD500H are rugged, reliable, and affordable glass cockpit solutions for helicopter owners and operators looking to upgrade their panel,” he adds.
“Chippewa is very excited to be working with Aspen Avionics for these helicopter STCs,” says Todd Curtis, Chippewa’s Vice President of Business Development. He adds, “The Aspen System will revolutionize the helicopter glass cockpit market and coupled with our STC, we will be able to provide the best turn-key solution available.”
The Aspen Evolution Flight Display System is an affordable, expandable and upgradeable PFD, MFD and hazard sensor cockpit solution for general aviation aircraft. Highly compatible with existing avionics already in the panel, 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.
The expected availability of the STC for the R44/R22 models is Q2 2010 and Q3 2010 for the AS350/AS355 models. The company has recently released an STC for the Bell 206 series helicopter and installation packages are now available. Additional partner STC efforts are currently underway which will include several new helicopter models.
Aspen Avionics will be demonstrating the new EFD1000H at Heli Expo February 21 through 23 in Houston, TX. Aspen will be located in booth #2304.
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 even 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. The company can be found on the web at www.aspenavionics.com, and may be reached at (505) 856-5034.
High-resolution Evolution Flight Display images are available at www.aspenavionics.com/imagedownloads.
About Chippewa Aerospace
Chippewa Aerospace specializes in the certification of new Avionics systems in all types of aircraft. Our broad base of experience and expertise has afforded us the opportunity to provide our services to a wide range of foreign and domestic aerospace companies, private aircraft owners, and a variety of other commercial and high-end business aircraft owners. The cornerstones to our expertise are quality customer service, commitment to excellence, innovation by recognizing new ideas, and our integrity to our customers and our company. Chippewa in conjunction with Pacific Avionics, Honolulu, HI will provide sales of the STC installation packages. Please visit our website: www.chippewaaerospace.com