Aspen Avionics has released a new and FAA-approved software update package for the EFD1000 Pro Max primary flight display and MFD 500/1000 Max multifunction displays that adds compatibility with select Garmin, Trio, and BendixKing autopilots. The software release also updates the status of the Evolution E5 dual electronic flight instrument, and it now meets the FAA technical standard (TSO) order for electronic flight instruments. Owners of the previous E5 software version can upgrade to the TSO’d version for $995.
The software for the EFD1000 Pro Max allows integration with Garmin’s GFC 600 autopilot and selected altitude support for Trio and BendixKing AeroCruze 100 autopilots. For the MFD500/1000 Max displays, the software adds extended runway centerlines as a free upgrade, though installation may cost extra. Customers who want the Pro Max v2.12 software unlock for the GFC 600 upgrade can buy it for $1,995.
Other features included with the v2.12 upgrade include all basic autopilot output functions, IAS hold and Garmin’s Electronic Stability & Protection with no external air data computer required, altitude and airspeed preselect, GPS data routed through the Aspen display to the GFC 600, flight director command bars on the Pro Max, and vertical speed preselect target settable on the Aspen display.