Aspen Glass Now Factory Option on Robinson Helicopters

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Robinson Helicopter operators now have affordable, feature-rich glass cockpit options

Aspen Avionics announced today the EFD1000H Primary Flight Display (PFD) system will be available as a factory option on the Robinson R22, R44 Raven I, R44 Raven II, and R66 helicopters. The EFD500H Multi-function Display (MFD) system will be available as a factory option on the R44 Raven I, R44 Raven II, and R66.

The EFD1000H PFD is a compact, lightweight, solid-state electronic flight instrument system which provides a modern alternative to mechanical attitude indicators, directional gyros and horizontal situation indicators. The EFD500H MFD provides additional capabilities which include easy-to-use electronic moving maps.

To accommodate the new glass-style avionics, Robinson replaced its 7-, 9-, and 10-hole instrument panels with 6-and 8-hole instrument panels. The 6-hole panel is standard on the R22 and R44 Raven I while the 8-hole panel is standard on the R44 Raven II and R66. The 8-hole panel is also an option on the R44 Raven I. Both panels allow for glass avionics or traditional instrument configurations.

“The helicopter market is realizing the safety-enhancing benefits of Aspen’s glass panel technology,” says John Uczekaj, Aspen’s president and chief executive officer. “The Robinson platform is a great helicopter to showcase our reliable and versatile EFD1000H PFD, and EFD500 MFD systems.

EFD1000H PFD features:

• Airspeed, attitude, altitude, turn rate, slip/skid, magnetic direction and vertical speed

• Available with either slaved directional gyro (DG) or horizontal situation indicator (HSI) functionality

• DG and HSI pilot configurable for either 360 degree or 100 degree arc views

• Map of GPS flight plan may be under laid behind DG or HSI

• HSI version provides full interface with navigation receivers

• Pitch sync

• Solid-state air data computer and attitude reference system

• Built-in 30 minute backup battery

• Built-in emergency GPS sensor

EFD500H MFD features:

• Pilot-configurable VFR/IFR moving map

• Relative terrain map

• Geo-referenced instrument approach plates and airport diagrams

Click here to learn more about Aspen’s helicopter display systems.

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Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability from the commercial and business aviation markets into general aviation cockpits—and budgets. Our products increase situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, making it easier and safer to fly in both VFR and IFR conditions. The way we look at it, getting the latest avionics technology shouldn't always mean spending a lot of money—on equipment or installation. At Aspen Avionics, we design products to be affordable, easy to install, and easy to own. The company can be found online at, and may be reached at (505) 856-5034.

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