Industry News

May 2011 Issue

Choosing Retrofit Glass Aspen Takes the Prize

The Aspen Evolution and Garmin G500 both offer a powerhouse upgrade owners rave about. We favor the Aspen for its scalability and value.

If youíre committed to the account-draining task of a major avionics upgrade, your sights are likely set on either of the two most sought-after systems for the aftermarket: Garminís G500 and the Aspen EFD1000-series. We think buyers go into the decision-making process smitten by the G500ís bigger size, and for bigger, more valuable airplanes, itís easy to label the G500 a logical fit. But our experience is that Aspen wins the install bid more often than Garmin. Why? Itís the install complexity that ultimately rules the decision even when a buyerís heart is set on the G500 from the get-go. That said, keep in mind that to compare apples to apples, you need two Aspens to equal a single G500.

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