FAA Approves Removal of Backup Attitude Indicator and Vacuum System with Installation of a Single Aspen Avionics’ Pro MAX Primary Flight Display (PFD)

Aspen Avionics Pro Plus MAX

Approval allows aircraft owners to clean up their panel with the latest Aspen glass, while removing excess weight, improving situational awareness, and reducing maintenance costs

Oshkosh, WI, July 22, 2021: Today, Aspen Avionics announces the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved changes to the backup instrument requirements with the installation of Aspen’s Evolution EFD1000 Pro MAX primary flight display (PFD).

The approval allows aircraft owners to remove the attitude indicator with the supporting vacuum system when installing a single Evolution EFD1000 Pro MAX PFD with the latest released software (v2.11) and the new extended duration battery. A turn and bank indicator along with airspeed and altimeter must be retained as the three required backups.

“This is a game-changing development for aircraft owners looking for an affordable, full featured primary flight display while allowing removal of outdated mechanical attitude indicators and vacuum system. We are cleaning up panels while reducing our customer’s maintenance cost and giving them some extra weight savings as well”, said Scott Smith, director of sales.

Key Features:

  • Backup attitude indicator not required
  • Removal of the vacuum system can be accomplished by the installer
  • Rechargeable extended duration backup battery
  • Consolidates traditional attitude indicator and HSI into a single display
  • Synthetic Vision included at no cost
  • Works with existing avionics, and interfaces with most industry autopilots*
  • Patented, unique form-fit design slides easily into existing panel cutouts

Current owners of the Aspen Pro MAX PFD can be field upgraded by Aspen authorized dealers to the extended duration battery and latest software. The new software is free of charge from Aspen Avionics.

To be eligible for removal of the backup attitude indicator, the EFD1000 Pro MAX PFD with the extended duration battery must be installed with the following instruments:

  • Magnetic compass
  • Altimeter
  • Airspeed indicator
  • Electric turn and bank indicator
    • FAA Advisory Circular permits an electric attitude indicator may be a substitute for the turn and bank indicator if it has its own battery source
  • Graphical IFR GPS (with moving map)

*Removal of attitude indicator may require an EA100 autopilot adapter if aircraft has an attitude-based autopilot installed, e.g. Bendix/King or Century. 

About Aspen Avionics, Inc.
A new way to look at avionics.™

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced display and sensor technology from the commercial and business aviation markets into general aviation cockpits—and budgets. Together, our Evolution Flight Display System, and NexNav™
GPS sensors help enable the aviation community to affordably meet the FAA’s NextGen mandate. Aspen is also responsible for introducing the industry’s first wireless technology that enables transmission of flight plans from an iPad to certified avionics with its patented Connected™ Panel. At Aspen Avionics, we design products to be affordable, easy to install, and easy to own. The company can be found online at www.aspenavionics.com, and may be reached at (505) 856-5034.

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