Wed, Apr 09, 2008
Work Well Underway On EFD1000 MFD, ATP-Variant PFD
With certification of its Evolution EFD1000 primary flight
display still hot off the presses, the crew at Aspen Avionics
previewed their upcoming line of Evolution multi-function
Built upon the same certified hardwire platform as the PFDs,
Aspen's MFD line adds additional situational awareness tools...
while also providing a fully redundant backup to the PFD.
Announced last year at Oshkosh 2007, the EFD1000 MFD and PFD
combine high-resolution, sectional-style moving maps with dedicated
and overlaid hazard awareness displays -- including weather,
traffic and terrain advisories and warnings. The EFD1000 MFD also
adds a second, independent air data, attitude and heading reference
(ADAHRS) system for full redundancy.
"As we did with our PFD development, we are actively seeking
feedback and feature requests from pilots and dealers about they
would like to see in a multi-function display," said Aspen
President and CEO John Uczekaj. "Market demand for the Evolution
PFDs had been strong, and we expect the same enthusiastic response
to our MFD products."
Aspen also gave hints to its next variant of the EFD1000 PFD,
the ATP. Due in the second half of 2009, the ATP will add many MFD
features, including sectional-style moving maps and integrated
hazard awareness interfaces, to the PFD navigation display.
A software option to upgrade the Pro PFD to ATP standards will
be made available at the same time, Aspen added.
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