Avionics Report

June 2008 Issue

Aspen Evolution Practical, Affordable

While it might not exactly be cheap, you donít have to buy a half-million dollar airplane to have it. Modular design and in-depth engineering make it a winner.

The aftermarket has waited for what seems an eternity for a reasonably priced glass alternative to primary steam-gauge flight instruments. With much fanfare and no small risk, Albuquerque-based Aspen Avionics fills the void with their EFD1000 series PFD at a cost thatís easy on the budget. Itís not a big-screen PFD and itís still too early to call the product a universal slam-dunk winner, but in our view Aspen is off to a great start. Enjoying some sales success with the AT300 terrain awareness/mini MFD combo, Aspen brings its second product to the market in an impressively short time frameóless than a year since its introduction at EAA AirVenture 2007. Moreover, the new Aspen Evolution hardware design mimics no other existing product. This is refreshing from a young company living in an environment where successful products from Garmin and Avidyne have set a lofty standard.

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