Aspen Avionics Announces STC Approval, FAA Certification of Connected Pilot
August 16, 2012 - Aspen Avionics has announced the supplemental type certificate (STC) approval of the patent-pending Connected Pilot, which is the first in the company's Connected Panel product line that provides a wireless link between certified instrument panel avionics and portable smart devices.
Connected Pilot, priced at $2,499, is available to operators and owners of more than 900 makes and models of aircraft. It can be integrated with Aspen Evolution 1500, 2000, or 2500 flight display systems, and seamlessly synchronize aviation application data from personal handheld devices.
Designed for Apple iOS mobile devices, Connected Pilot can receive data from almost any panel-mounted GPS navigator. Additionally, Connected Pilot can enter and synchronize flight plans between Garmin GNS 400W/500W series navigators and Connected Panel-enabled flight planning apps.
Connected Pilot comes with hardware, software, and application components including cloud-based technology to activate and maintain the CG100 operating system and databases. The hardware is enclosed in a small box called the CG100 (patent-pending) that is blind-mounted behind the panel. The CG100 contains the operating software, wireless connectivity, flash memory storage, and is configured and maintained via Aspen's Flight Connect app.
"While Aspen has created the hardware and software environment to make the integration between smart devices and certified avionics work, it's the Connected Panel Enabled development partners who really bring this product to life for our customers," said Brad Hayden, vice president of marketing. "It will be new certified avionics hardware and mobile applications that will continue to increase functionality and integration capability for Connected Pilot owners, and thereby help guarantee their investment in their aircraft's panels."
Aspen's current Connected Panel Enabled partners include AOPA, Avidyne, Bendix/King, ForeFlight, Jeppesen, Sporty's Pilot Shop, and many more. For more information on the newly approved Connected Pilot, visit the Connected Panel website.