Diamond Earns Transport Canada OK For DA20-C1/Aspen Combo
The fine folks of Transport Canada
have certified Diamond's DA20-C1, equipped with the Aspen Avionics
EFD 1000 Primary Flight Display (PFD). The DA20's instrument layout
retains the conventional Airspeed, Altitude, Turn & Bank and
Vertical Speed Indicators, with the Aspen mounted in the center of
the conventional 6-pack.
With this layout and the ability to suppress the Aspen's HSI
functions, Airspeed and Altitude tapes, a traditional instrument
scan can be taught, while activation of the more advanced functions
gives a meaningful introduction to glass cockpits.
“The ability to teach conventional instrument scan, offer
an introduction to glass cockpits, while benefitting from more
reliable solid state technology, make the DA20 with Aspen a
particularly flexible tool for any flight training
operation,” said Peter Maurer, President of Diamond Aircraft
ANN's Jim Campbell flew a 200 mile trip the other day under
Aspen EFD guidance and came away VERY impressed with the Aspen
display and the well-thought out interface. We're looking forward
to furnishing a report on the Aspen-equipped DA20 shortly...