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Aspen Avionics has fol­lowed the path forged by Dynon and Garmin by in­tro­duc­ing its own non-TSO’d elec­tronic flight in­stru­ments for own­ers of Part 23cer­ti­fied air­planes. Aspen’s new Evo­lu­tion E5 flight in­stru­ment, un­veiled this spring, is es­sen­tially the same unit as the lat­est cer­ti­fied Aspen prod­ucts but with fea­tures geared to­ward buy­ers look­ing to keep costs in check.

The Evo­lu­tion E5 dis­play con­sol­i­dates tra­di­tional at­ti­tude in­di­ca­tor, di­rec­tional gyro and course de­vi­a­tion in­di­ca­tor in­stru­ments into a sin­gle dis­play that re­tails for just un­der $5,000. The E5 unit also in­cludes global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem steer­ing (GPSS) and air-data com­puter and at­ti­tude head­ing ref­er­ence sys­tem (ADAHRS), as well as a backup bat­tery. Air­craft own­ers can also up­grade to the Evo­lu­tion E5 dis­play and a com­pat­i­ble TruTrak Vizion au­topi­lot for less than $10,000, Aspen says.

What we like best about the E5 6-inch ac­tive-ma­trix LCD is that it’s brighter and more vi­brant than pre­vi­ous Evo­lu­tion dis­plays, while re­tain­ing Aspen’s in­ge­nious form fac­tor in­tended to keep in­stal­la­tion costs down by slot­ting into the panel space of electro­mechan­i­cal at­ti­tude and head­ing in­di­ca­tors.

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