Thu, May 13, 2010
At the 2010 Heli-Expo, Aspen Avionics announced the STC
certification authorizing installation of its EFD1000 flight
display system in Bell 206 and 407 panels. Aspen developed the
newly designated EFD1000H, featuring helicopter-specific software,
in conjunction with Keystone Helicopter, calling the EFD1000H "the
lowest priced certified EFIS in the helicopter market."
Specifically designed with a vibration-isolating kit, the
compact EFD1000H PFD and multifunction display (MFD) configurations
feature modular architecture for full redundancy.
Using dual hardware, the MFD offers ADAHRS sensor redundancy by
working side-by-side with the PFD to monitor system health and
automatically backup the PFD upon failure. In addition, the EFD1000
MFD adds moving maps, datalink weather, and traffic interface
The EFD1000H unit's relatively small design allows for a simple
and less costly installation; estimates for the total unit
installation (including the PFD and MFD) are less than $27,000.
Currently, Aspen is negotiating for approximately 50 such
installations, most for public use on UH-1s, Bell 205s, and
In addition, Aspen recently announced a new partnership with
Chippewa Aerospace to develop a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)
for installation of the Aspen Evolution EFD1000H Pro Primary Flight
Display (PFD), the EFD1000H Multi-Function Display (MFD), and the
EFD500H MFD on the Robinson R22 and R44 and the Eurocopter AS350
and AS355 model helicopters.
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