Wed, Jun 23, 2010
Aspen Avionics introduced version 2.2 software for its popular
Evolution EFD at the 53rd annual AEA Convention and trade show in
April, adding some new user-friendly features that increase
functionality and decrease cockpit workload.
Brad Hayden, Aspen's Vice President for Marketing, said that
company is now starting to take its "product roadmap" to the next
step, building new products for new markets based on the EFD1000
hardware and software, with both the fixed and rotary wing markets
showing interest. The version 2.2 software for EFD1000 will include
some significant new features, including navmap panning. The
feature uses a "gunsight" which the pilot can place over an object
or non-object and retrieve information about the targeted item. A
second panning function allows scrolling off the map being
Hayden said there are now multiple paths to the same
information. For those pilots who prefer to go through the menus to
get information, they can still do that, or use the "gunsight"
panning function. "One of the things we really strive to do,"
Hayden said, "is build a product that conforms to the pilot, and
not the other way around." Later this year, Aspen plans to start
shipping a backup display, which is essentially an EFD1000 in
landscape orientation. It will include seven backup "instruments"
in one unit, including attitude, altitude, airspeed, VSI, HSI, GPS
flight plan, and GPS steering.
Aspen also plans to make a synthetic vision upgrade available
early in 2011. The system will be based on Jeppesen 3 arc second
terrain data on a high-resolution display. Hayden says the
combination of the hi-res display and the Jeppesen terrain data
make a very compelling and realistic representation.
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