Avionics Report

February 2019 Issue

Aspen EFD1000 E5: Low Cost, But Stark

Aspen's new budget-based retrofit EFIS has a crisp display and IFR capability, but its feature set is limited to basic flight instruments.

As we've been reporting, prices for some retrofit primary EFIS systems have dropped to the sweet spot of around $5000 or less. This is thanks to a new regulatory certification process that sidesteps the pricey and time-consuming TSO process in favor of an STC. Aspen Avionics has populated the field with over 20,000 Evolution EFIS displays over a 10-year span and is the latest to offer a budget-based EFIS with the $4995 EFD1000 E5 Dual EFI.

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