Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the Evolution Flight Display system, has unveiled its first certified glass panel PFD built specifically for VFR pilots. The Aspen EFD1000 VFR PFD combines situational awareness and safety into a single-flat panel liquid crystal display that can be upgraded to a fully IFR-capable Evolution Pro PFD, company officials said.
“Aspen has done a great amount of market research and our findings were that VFR pilots, and IFR pilots that are not current, represent over 50% of the flying population. This is a segment of the flying public that, at best, has been underserved,” said John Uczekaj, president and CEO, Aspen Avionics.
Priced at $4,995, the EFD1000 VFR PFD will meet the needs of the VFR pilot, as well as meet their future IFR rating goals through a software upgrade, according to company officials.
Aspen’s goal is to allow the pilot to purchase the VFR unit and, when they are ready, purchase the software upgrade. The upgrade, priced at $4,690, upgrades the VFR PFD to Aspen’s EFD1000 Pro PFD and enables the following functions:
- Horizontal Situation Indicator
- RMI bearing pointers
- Lateral and vertical deviation indicators (ILS, localizer, VOR, GPS, vertical guidance
- Radio altimeter
- Flight director
- XM Weather
- Traffic (TAS)
- Lightning (stormscope)
- Synthetic Vision (must first be upgraded to EFD1000 Pro)
- ADS-B Capability
For more information: AspenAvionics.com