Aspen Avionics has received FAA TSO and STC approval of Version 2.3.1 Evolution Software for Aspen’s flight display product lines. This latest software release adds many features and refinements to both Evolution Primary and Multi-function Flight Displays, and expands the number of supported third party interfaces with the new ACU2 analog converter option, according to company officials. These capabilities are now shipping for both new orders and for retrofit into existing Aspen flight display installations.
Version 2.3.1 Evolution Software adds the following new features and improvements:
- Automatic or one touch airport taxi diagram presentation at system start up and after landing
- One touch access to Terminal Procedures, METARs, and TAFs for the Departure, Destination and Nearest airports
- Eliminated the control knob “push to activate” feature that was previously required before adjusting course, heading, airspeed, or altimeter bug values
- Improved access and reduced knob sensitivity for barometric pressure setting changes
- Improved inter communications among all installed Evolution Displays, including: One button set up of the reversionary PFD, quickly allowing user setting synchronization between the PFD and the reverted MFD; sharing of RSM OAT and emergency GPS position data between a single RSM and up to three Evolution displays; and retention of more user configured settings between flights, reducing system set up time at preflight.
Concurrently with Version 2.3.1 Evolution Software, Aspen also introduced a new Analog Converter Unit option. The next-generation ACU2 enables more interfaces when installing the Evolution System, company officials said.
New optional capabilities enabled with the ACU2 include:
- Support for various flight director types for common Rockwell Collins and Honeywell autopilots typically found in cabin class twins, turboprops and turbojets
- Dual ADF sensor input and bearing pointer display
- Radio Altitude digital height above ground level display and Decision Height annunciation
- Heading synchro bootstrap output for third party systems needing analog heading stabilization inputs
- Additional configurations supporting ARINC 429 air data outputs
- Optional conventional external OAT probe inputs, providing more installation flexibility and options
- Improved integration support with the Garmin G500/600 system
Version 2.3.1 Evolution Software is an easy-to-load optional upgrade; however an Aspen Authorized Dealer must install it, according to company officials.