Aspen’s EA100 Digital Autopilot Interface Approved to Replace Century Attitude Indicators
Aspen’s EA100 digital autopilot interface reduces maintenance costs, brings greater safety and reliability to the cockpit
Albuquerque, NM, October 18, 2013: Aspen Avionics’ EA100 autopilot adapter is now approved for the Century 21, 31, 41, 2000 and 4000 autopilot systems. The EA100 is approved to replace the Century 52D266, 52D267 and 52C attitude indicators. EA100 replacement of Century attitude indicators used with autopilot models IIB, III and IV are expected to be approved in the near future.
The EA100 provides a digital-to-analog data conversion between the Evolution 1000 and an aircraft’s attitude-based autopilot system. The adapter enables the Evolution Flight Display’s Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS) to provide accurate and reliable attitude information directly to the autopilot.
Additionally, the EA100 has the capability to immediately disengage the autopilot if an AHRS fault is detected. This feature provides unprecedented levels of safety improvement over legacy systems where an autopilot would continue to respond to attitude commands from the gyro – even if that gyro’s performance had become degraded or otherwise inoperative. Aspen Avionics is the only manufacturer to offer this unparalleled redundancy, safety and reliability for general aviation aircraft through its Evolution Flight Display system.
“The EA100 improves installed legacy autopilots by providing superior digital attitude information, while breathing new life into the aircraft’s automatic flight control system,” said Brad Hayden, Aspen’s Vice President of Marketing. “A large number of Aspen customers have aircraft equipped with Century autopilot systems, and this integration will extend the life and reliability of their avionics investment far into the future,” said Hayden.
Aspen leverages the Evolution Flight Display System platform to offer safety enhancements over traditional mechanical or competing autopilot control systems. In Evolution 2000 or 2500 systems, the EA100 can be installed to receive attitude input from either the EFD1000 Multi-function Display or the EFD1000 Pro Primary Flight Display. The redundant AHRS sensors in these multi-display configurations allow the pilot to independently monitor autopilot performance.
The EA100 Adapter is available through Aspen Avionics’ authorized dealer network and is priced at $2,495.
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