Aspen Avionics, Inc., maker of the Evolution Flight Display System, has released its Version 2.0 software upgrade kit to its dealers, allowing them to begin upgrading EFD1000 Primary Flight Displays in the field to the new software level. The 2.0 software upgrade kit is free from Aspen Avionics, and any authorized Aspen dealer can perform the upgrades.
The entire Evolution line of Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) is based on the same software platform, so improvements made in functionality and compatibility can be applied across all Evolution products in the cockpit, company officials said, noting the development of the recently released Evolution MFD drove enhancements to the PFD and MFD software platform that resulted in Version 2.0.
“We named our product line ‘Evolution’ for a reason,” said John Uczekaj, president and CEO. “We provide our customers with a glass display system that meets their immediate needs and budget, yet still has the ability to grow with them over time as their requirements increase and new technologies are developed.”
While there is no requirement for current PFD owners to upgrade until they add an MFD or the EHA option to their Evolution system, many may still choose to do so. The Version 2.0 software has a number of new enhancements to the previous Version 1.1 software shipped with the earlier PFDs, including improvements to the EFD1000 functionality and its interfaces, many of which are the direct result of feedback from Aspen’s customers, company officials said.
Some of these new features include: Enables support for multi-display PFD and MFD configurations, including the ability to remove most mechanical backup instruments; enhanced GPSS performance and annunciations; improved screen dimming for night flight; output of air data information for use by GPS navigators; altitude trend vector display; improved altitude minimums alerting; support for traffic, weather, and lighting information and interface for EWR50 Evolution Weather Receiver, via the optional EHA upgrade; enhanced AHRS solution to further improve support for aerobatics, aggressive maneuvering, and helicopters; pitot blockage detection; and improved interface with the Remote Sensor Module to eliminate link failures.
Version 2.0 also makes it possible for Aspen PFD owners to add Evolution Hazard Awareness (EHA) to their EFD1000 Flight Displays. The EHA upgrade for the EFD1000 Pro PFD integrates datalink weather, lightning detection, and traffic into its navigation display, and is compatible with many of the hazard sensors already installed in GA cockpits today. The EHA upgrade for the EFD1000 Pro PFD is also available as a bundled package with Aspen’s EWR50 Evolution Weather Receiver.
The Version 2.0 field upgrade kit can be obtained free from Aspen and installed by any authorized dealer. The Evolution Hazard Awareness Software Upgrade Kit for the EFD1000 Pro PFD is listed at $795. The EHA Software Kit for the Pro PFD is available as a bundle package with the EWR50 Evolution Weather Receiver for $2,995.
For more information: AspenAvionics.com.