Companies Are Developing Interface Between Digital Autopilot
And Electronic Flight Display
Two companies best known for serving opposite ends of the
avionics spectrum are developing an interface between the Aspen
Evolution displays and the Avidyne DFC90 Digital Autopilot.
"The combination of Aspen's integrated Air Data and Attitude
Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) and Avidyne's innovative safety
features is a powerful offering for those seeking an affordable,
all-digital solution," says Aspen President and CEO John Uczekaj.
He adds, "Aspen's collaboration with Avidyne delivers upon our
philosophy of openness and interoperability, enabling new options
for owners to update their aircraft with advanced, best-of-breed
"With their versatile Evolution display systems, Aspen can
retrofit into a wide variety of aircraft with varied avionics
configurations and we are pleased to be working with them on the
interface with our DFC90," said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne's Chief
Operating Officer. "The DFC90 is the leading retrofit
autopilot solution today for high-performance aircraft. The
combination of the DFC90's innovative safety features like Flight
Envelope Protection and Straight & Level button with the Aspen
displays creates the opportunity to expand the retrofit
Aspen Evolution Displays are already compatible with Avidyne's
industry-leading TAS600 Traffic Advisory Systems. The DFC90 is
currently certified with Avidyne's Entegra Integrated Flight Deck
displays in Cirrus aircraft. Avidyne and Aspen will be gauging
customer interest in future programs and airframes.
Certification of the DFC90 and Evolution display interface will
be completed later this year. Pricing for the DFC90 autopilot
starts at $9,995, and Aspen pricing will be forthcoming.