Aircraft equipped with a single Aspen Avionics Pro Max primary flight display can do away with vacuum-powered gyroscopic instruments that the FAA has long required as backups.
Aspen officials said the FAA approved the change based on the superior reliability of glass-panel instruments.
More Evolution displays can be added to cover all six instrument holes and graphically show weather, traffic, terrain, and GPS-based synthetic vision. A single Evolution Pro Max has a retail price of $10,000 without installation.
Aspen is based in New Mexico and recently joined forces with the AIRO Group that consists of nine international technology firms involved in drones, electric vertical takeoff and landing, and other emerging technologies.
Perri Coyne, director of marketing at Aspen, said the alliance will strengthen the avionics company and allow it to bring new GA products to market faster. The ownership change is expected to be finalized by the end of this year.
Aspen also announced that its Evolution products are now able to operate with Genesys Aerosystems digital autopilots on a wide variety of GA aircraft.
Aspen also will provide free online training for its products via its website.