Offered at breakthrough pricing, the new receiver adds datalink weather capabilities to the Evolution Flight Display system.
Oshkosh, WI July 30, 2008 - Aspen Avionics, Inc., maker of the Evolution Flight Display system, announced today its new Evolution Weather Receiver.
Safety is a primary concern for all pilots, and certified datalink weather solutions have, until now, been priced beyond the reach of many GA aircraft owners
The receiver, priced at $2,495 (MSRP), will deliver the full suite of XM WX® Satellite Weather aviation products featuring graphical in-flight weather data, and present integrated weather hazard data on Evolution Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) and Primary Flight Displays (PFDs).
The receiver, made exclusively for Aspen by Heads Up Technologies, is designed to deliver the datalink weather capabilities of Evolution Hazard Awareness built into the Evolution Flight Display system. It will be available in early second quarter 2009 as an optional upgrade for the Evolution MFDs and PFDs, with attractive bundled pricing when purchased together with a new MFD or PFD system.
"The Evolution Weather Receiver is yet another example of the company's commitment to making advanced digital avionics solutions affordable for the general aviation (GA) market," said John Uczekaj, President and CEO of Aspen Avionics.
"Safety is a primary concern for all pilots, and certified datalink weather solutions have, until now, been priced beyond the reach of many GA aircraft owners," said Uczekaj. "Combining affordable datalink weather with the other Evolution Hazard Awareness capabilities of our EFD product line gives pilots a cost-effective total hazard awareness picture right in front of them on their primary displays."
Evolution Hazard Awareness (EHA) integrates datalink weather, lightning detection, traffic and terrain awareness into the pilot's primary navigation and moving map displays. EHA presents a comprehensive picture of potential flight hazards relative to the current aircraft position and planned route of flight, and is a standard, built-in feature of the Evolution Multi-Function Displays (MFDs).
Flexible screen layouts on the MFDs enable dedicated display regions for multiple hazard sensors, as well as multiple hazard overlays on top of a sectional-style moving map. An optional EHA upgrade to Aspen's Pro PFD enables display of the most critical weather and traffic information on its navigation display. As an Evolution system expands to a two- or three-tube glass cockpit, EHA enables the pilot to maintain a constant focus on specific flight hazards in dedicated display regions, while simultaneously showing a consolidated view on the moving map.
"The new Evolution Weather Receiver gives the pilot access to the full range of XM WX Satellite Weather aviation products - including NEXRAD radar graphics, IR satellite cloud cover at a range of altitudes, winds aloft graphics, METARs, TAFs, and more. The receiver works with a one-, two- or three-tube Evolution Flight Display system, in a certified, panel-mount solution for about the same price as a handheld backup GPS," said Doug Cayne, Aspen Avionics' VP of Marketing. "Aspen is pleased to partner with the industry-leading XM WX Satellite Weather service and Heads Up Technologies to make this critical in-flight safety resource more affordable for GA aircraft owners and pilots," Cayne continued.
The Evolution Weather Receiver will be available for sale as part of a new Evolution Flight Display system or as an upgrade starting in early second quarter 2009, at a suggested retail price of $2,495. When bought as part of a new EFD1000 MFD system, the Evolution Weather Receiver can be added for just $2,000 more, a 20 percent savings. Other special pricing will be available for customers buying a new EFD1000 Pro PFD with the EHA option package, and for existing customers upgrading their Pro PFD to EHA with the Weather Receiver. See your Aspen Authorized Avionics Dealer or www.aspenavionics.com for more details.
About Aspen Avionics, Inc.
Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability from the commercial and business aviation markets into general aviation cockpits - and budgets. Our products increase situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, making it even easier and safer to fly in both VFR and IFR conditions. The way we look at it, getting the latest avionics technology shouldn't always mean spending a lot of money - on equipment or installation. At Aspen Avionics, we design products to be affordable, easy to install, and easy to own. The company can be found on the web at www.aspenavionics.com, or may be reached at (505) 856-5034.
About Heads Up Technologies
Heads Up Technologies, Inc., based in Carrollton, Texas, designs, manufactures and markets a variety of electronic systems for the aviation industry. This privately held company has sold computerized products to nearly 1,250 customers in more than 10 countries. For more information, contact Heads Up at (972) 407-1131 or visit www.heads-up.com
About XM WX Satellite Weather
XM WX Satellite Weather is a comprehensive graphical weather data service offered by XM Satellite Radio and WxWorx Inc., an affiliate of Baron Services (the nation's leading provider of analytical weather services to the TV broadcast and emergency management industries). XM WX sets the new standard for provision of much-needed weather information to mobile markets, with a comprehensive offering of weather products presenting precipitation, wind, lightning, visibility, sea conditions, hazardous weather data and more to the aviation, marine and emergency response markets. The combination of more detailed and comprehensive weather data, continuous satellite delivery and exceptional coverage anywhere within the continental United States and neighboring waters is simply unmatched. For additional information about XM WX, visit www.XMWXweather.com.