Aspen Avionics EFD1000 Certification Delayed

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Aspen Avionics announced last week that expected certification and deliveries of its new EFD1000-series electronic flight displays have been delayed until the end of March. Rollout was originally planned for this fall. In a letter to customers dated Dec. 19, the company said it has released a preliminary installation manual to dealers that can help them pre-wire a plane for the new equipment. Aspen says it plans to submit its final FAA certification package in time to support shipment of EFD1000 Pilot and Pro primary flight display (PFD) units by March 31.

The initial STC will cover most general aviation aircraft weighing less than 6,000 pounds. Certification for larger aircraft is expected later in 2008, along with certification and initial shipments of the EFD1000 and EFD500 multifunction display (MFD) units. The suggested retail price for the PFDs ranges from $5,995 for the EFD1000 Pilot to $12,995 for the EFD1000 ATP. The EFD1000 MFD is priced at $7,995, with the EFD500 MFD listed at $4,995. No information was available on how many orders have been received.