Evolution Integration Kit Available for Avidyne DFC90 Digital Autopilot on Beechcraft Bonanzas
Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the innovative Evolution Flight Display and Connected Panel, and Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems, announced today that Avidyne has received FAA STC approval for installation of the Avidyne DFC90 Digital Autopilot into Beech Bonanza-series aircraft when interfaced with Aspen’s Evolution 1000 Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD). The approval includes twenty-five models of the Bonanza series, all of which are included on Aspen’s Approved Model List. The Evolution Integration Kit for the DFC90 kit, similar to other Aspen upgrades, is an easy software upgrade to the Evolution Pro PFD. The kit is priced at $1,995 and can be purchased via any Aspen authorized dealer.
The Evolution Integration Kit for the DFC90 enables the PFD to provide precision attitude inputs to the autopilot from its reliable, solid state Air Data and Attitude Heading Reference Sensor (ADAHRS) as well as display mode annunciations and alerts right on the PFD. Additional capabilities include allowing pilots to perform Heading Select, Altitude Preselect, and Vertical Speed Select inputs to the DFC90 directly from the Evolution Pro PFD.
“Thanks to Avidyne’s continued STC effort, we are pleased to share the announcement of this unbeatable retrofit solution for Beechcraft Bonanza owners,” says Aspen Vice President of Marketing Brad Hayden. “The combined safety-enhancing features of the DFC90 and the Aspen glass panel, at this affordable price, is proof of Aspen’s commitment to be compatible with new as well as existing systems and to continually improve our product lines with easy to install software upgrades.”
The DFC90 autopilot starts at $9,995 plus installation for single-engine piston aircraft, with STEC55X series autopilot servos already installed. STEC30/50/60-2/65 series autopilots may also be replaced by a DFC90 under this STC.
Aspen Evolution Pro PFDs are priced starting at $10,180 plus installation. The Evolution Integration Kit for the DFC90 is priced at $1,995, labor not included, and requires Evolution Software version 2.6 or later.
About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and its Flying Made Simple™ system design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company offers a full line of panel-mounted avionics including their new IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, AMX240 audio panel, AXP340 Mode S Transponder, and DFC90 digital flight control systems. Avidyne’s product line also includes the industry-leading Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck with DFC100 digital flight control system, datalink-capable EX600 multi-function displays, the dual-antenna TAS600 series of active traffic advisory systems with ADS-B, the MLB700 broadcast datalink receiver, the MLX770 world-wide datalink transceiver, and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system. Headquartered in Lincoln, MA, the company has facilities in Columbus, OH, Melbourne, FL, and Boulder, CO.
High Resolution images of the DFC90 available at www.avidyne.com/news/images.asp
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.
High res Evolution Flight Display images are available at www.aspenavionics.com/news/media-resources
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.