Aspen Avionics, Liberty Team Up

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Liberty Aerospace will be Aspen Avionics' first original equipment manufacturer customer for its innovative Evolution primary flight display. In a news release earlier today, Aspen said the display will be standard equipment in the IFR model of the two-place touring and training aircraft. It will also be available as an upgrade. "The Evolution Flight Display in the XL-2 will help train the next generation of pilots on advanced glass cockpit techniques and attract more people to become pilots," said Aspen CEO John Uczekaj. Upgrades will be available for existing Liberty XL-2 aircraft.

Meanwhile, Liberty is undergoing, some changes and layoffs will result at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. In a news release late last week, CEO Keith Markley said some of the 180 people at the Melbourne facility will lose their jobs when the company starts outsourcing work to Romania. The company will maintain its headquarters in Melbourne, but it's unclear how many employees will be retained there.

Late last year, Liberty announced a deal with a Chinese company to produce 600 aircraft for the training market in that country.