Aspen Avionics Announces Helicopter Primary Flight Display
Brings Industry-Leading Value to the Rotorcraft Operators
Oshkosh, WI, July 28, 2009: Aspen Avionics, Inc., maker of the award-winning Evolution Flight Display System, announced today its first offering for the rotary wing market: the EFD1000H Pro Helicopter PFD.
Based on the same proven state-of-the-art technologies as its fixed-wing products, the EFD1000H Pro PFD Helicopter delivers a large attitude indicator with airspeed and altitude tapes, an altitude alerter and altitude trend vector. It also includes a full electronic HSI with dual bearing pointers and symbolic moving map with flight plan waypoints and leg overlays. When connected to a GPS navigator, the Pro Helicopter PFD also presents a full-time visual indicator of winds aloft direction and speed.
The EFD1000H uses Aspen’s proven, highly-integrated Air Data, Attitude and Heading Reference System (ADAHRS), contained in a small three-inch diameter can on the back of the display, reducing weight, and installation time and expense. Aspen’s latest ADAHRS software is enhanced to support the unique flight dynamics of rotary wing aircraft. This helicopter version also comes with a vibration-isolating flush mount kit, which, combined with the inherent resilience of electronic gyros, promises years of trouble-free performance in the harsh, high-vibration helicopter operating environment.
Aspen’s high-resolution, ultra-bright, glare-resistant LCD display is clearly visible even in direct sunlight, and this latest version of the EFD1000 supports extended dimming down to extremely low light levels. Aspen is also working on a version of the EFD1000H that will support operations requiring use of night vision goggles (NVGs). New versions of the Evolution Remote Sensor Module (RSM) offer greater flexibility in mounting locations to simplify helicopter installation.
“Helicopter owners and operators have been demanding that Aspen make a rotary wing version ever since we introduced the Evolution Flight Display System back in 2007, attracted by it’s light weight, ease of installation, and exceptionally affordable price,” said John Uczekaj, Aspen Avionics’ CEO. “We are very pleased now to offer them this first solution to meet their needs,” Uczekaj continued, “and look forward to extending our rotary wing solutions and customer base in the years to come.”
The first STCs for the EFD1000H Pro Helicopter PFD will cover the Bell 206 Jet Ranger and Long Ranger, and the AS350 A-Star, with planned availability in November 2009, at a list price of $14,995. Aspen is working on additional STCs to cover the most popular piston and turbine light helicopters, and will announce planned availability dates in the near future.
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 http://www.aspenavionics.com, and may be reached at (505) 856-5034. Print-ready images of the Evolution Flight Display are available at /pressdownloads.