Aspen Avionics AT300 Now Certified!
Aspen Avionics’ innovative AT300 Hazard Awareness Display is awarded FAA TSO Authorization.
Albuquerque, NM, November 21, 2005: Aspen Avionics announced today that the company recently received Federal Aviation Administration Technical Standard Order (TSO) Authorization for the innovative AT300 Hazard Awareness Display. “Achieving FAA certification is a tremendous accomplishment for our team” said Peter Lyons, Aspen’s president. “As a new manufacturer certifying a new class of product we were subject to intense FAA scrutiny during the certification process. We are immensely proud of the fact that we have successfully achieved both technical design approval and production manufacturing approval in such a short period of time. This accomplishment speaks volumes about the quality and pedigree of our team, our products, and our company.”
The AT300 has been certified as a TSO C8d Vertical Speed Indicator and as a TSO C113 Multipurpose Electronic Display. This dual certification allows the product to directly replace the legacy mechanical vertical speed indicator that is found in virtually all light aircraft.
The AT300 is the only color moving map display available in the market that can be directly installed in standard 3 inch instrument hole. This unique capability allows the AT300 to show valuable situational awareness information in the pilot’s primary instrument scan, and to do so without the expense or installation complexity associated with traditional Electronic Flight Information Systems (EFIS) or Electronic Horizontal Situation Indicators (EHSI). Because installation of the AT300 requires no panel modifications or equipment relocation, the unit can be installed in virtually any aircraft regardless of the available panel space.
The AT300 moving map display shows the pilot current and next navigation leg information overlaid on a high-resolution terrain and obstacle map. Terrain and obstacle data is color-coded based upon its vertical separation from the aircraft’s current altitude (similar to a TAWS display), providing the pilot an intuitive and easy to understand display to help improve their awareness of potential hazards along the current flight route. The AT300 also provides the pilot with a full time display of the aircraft’s height above ground – information which has not previously been readily available in most light aircraft. The AT300 can also be configured by the pilot to display either side profile terrain or a data block showing the active waypoint identifier, desired track, groundspeed, distance to go and estimated time enroute.
The large moving map display area offered by the AT300 is comparable in size to many mainstream multifunction display and global positioning systems (GPS). The instrument is unique in that it only requires the existing pneumatic interface used by the legacy vertical speed indicator, and a single wire connection to an approved panel-mounted GPS system. The AT300 is an affordable and easily installed color moving map upgrade for many older text based GPS navigation systems, and adds valuable secondary navigational display information to enhance the capabilities of more modern color map GPS equipment.
The AT300 has a list price of $3995 and is currently available from any Aspen Avionics Authorized Dealer. A complete list of dealers can be found on the company website at www.aspenavionics.com.
About Aspen Avionics LLC
Aspen Avionics is in the business of designing, developing and distributing technically innovative low cost avionics to meet the economic and operational needs of the piston-engine aircraft market. The company, headquartered in Albuquerque NM, was formed in 2004. The company can be found on the web at www.aspenavionics.com, or may be reached at (505) 856-5034.