Aspen’s EA100 gets FAA nod for Century autopilots

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Aspen Avionic’s EA100 autopilot adapter has received FAA and EASA approvals for Century IIB, III and IV autopilots.

The E100 is capable of emulating the Century 52D66, 52D67, 52D166, and 52D167 attitude indicators, according to company officials. This means it is now compatible with all attitude-based Century IIB, III, and IV autopilots, as well as the Piper Altimatic-branded autopilots.

This new certification is in addition to the Century 21, 31, 41, 2000 and 4000 certification announced in October.

The EA100 provides a digital-to-analog data conversion between the Evolution 1000 and an aircraft’s attitude-based autopilot system. The adapter enables the Evolution Flight Display’s Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS) to provide accurate and reliable attitude information directly to the autopilot, company officials explain.

Additionally, the EA100 has the capability to immediately disengage the autopilot if an AHRS fault is detected. This feature provides unprecedented levels of safety improvement over legacy systems where an autopilot would continue to respond to attitude commands from the gyro, even if that gyro’s performance had become degraded or otherwise inoperative.

The EA100 is available through Aspen Avionics’ authorized dealer network and is priced at $2,495.

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