AOPA Pilot Magazine - July 2013 - 68
ASPENS. The three-screen Aspen Evolution 2500 system is front and center, and it includes a central primary
flight display (PFD) and two flanking multifunction
displays (MFDs). The PFD has its own attitude and
heading reference system (AHRS) for solid-state flight
information (no spinning gyros on this airplane!) and
shows all the primary flight information you’d find in
a six-pack airplane—and a lot more, like
navigation data and multiple background
choices. The latter includes a choice of
full-screen synthetic vision, or synthetic
vision (with a flight path marker) behind
the attitude indicator only. You can
even call up range rings for five or seven
miles, as well as airport location symbols.
Information like this is especially helpful
when navigating to or around unfamiliar
airports at night.
The MFDs also have multiple pilotselectable views. And the right MFD has
its own AHRS, which enables a reversionary, autopilot-couplable mode in case the
PFD conks out. Think of the views in terms
of chapters and pages. Use the knobs at the
lower left of the screens to select chapters;
THE PANEL, crafted
by Santa Fe Aero
Services, has USB
feature that always
gets comments at
the airshows (above).
Those are paired
with headset jacks,
one of which—
designed to run off
the ship’s power.
International MVP50P engine analyzer
and systems monitor
(right) shows the
numbers running on
a flight at 59 percent
power. The engine’s
is being run at 114
degrees rich of peak
EGT, which was
1,433 degrees F.
engine is burning
10.6 gph, the
airplane’s main tanks
have 46.6 gallons
of fuel, and the tip
tanks are empty.
“S.Cool” is a window
dedicated to shockcool warnings.
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use the right knobs to pick pages within
those chapters. The choices are: Navigation
map, electronic charts, terrain, traffic, synthetic vision, and my favorite—weather,
which comes via the XM WX datalink
receiver associated with the Aspens.
The first of three views—labelled 1/3
on the display—is a full-screen image of
either the nav map (choose between IFR
or VFR chart overlays), electronic terminal
area charts, terrain, traffic, weather, or synthetic vision. Within the weather chapter,
you can call up a wide range of information, because the Debonair has XM WX’s
Aviator Pro subscription routed through
Aspen’s EWR 50 datalink receiver. So you
can look at items such as winds aloft at
various altitudes, cloud top heights, echo
top movements, airmets and sigmets, and
Nexrad radar returns. Text weather is also
available from a drop-down menu. So are
electronic charts from the nav page, including georeferenced airport diagrams and
arrival/approach/departure charts. Get
lost with the Aspen? Not gonna happen.