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Tecnam Twin FAA Certified
The P2006T Tecnam Twin, which made its U.S. debut at 2009 EAA AirVenture, has received FAA certification. The aircraft earned its certification for VFR and analog IFR operations, and also was approved for glass-panel IFR certification in Europe (this is expected to be completed in the United States over the next few months). Visit

New From Aspen
Aspen has announced four new products: The EFD1000C3 Pro PFD and the EA100 Autopilot Attitude Interface will be available this summer. The Engine Monitoring upgrade for Aspen MFDs, which displays critical engine data, and the Evolution Backup Display, which is designed to replace legacy mechanical backup instruments, will ship by the end of 2010.

Aspen also has rolled out new packages comprised of combinations of Evolution Flight Displays. The Evolution 1500 package combines the Evolution 1000 Pro PFD with the Evolution 500 MFD; the Evolution 2000 combines the 1000 Pro PFD and 1000 MFD; and the Evolution 2500 combines the 1000 Pro PFD, 1000 MFD and 500 MFD.

Aspen also will add Evolution Synthetic Vision to its Evolution 1000 Pro PFD in Q1 2011. The feature will be available as a software upgrade to Evolution Flight Displays in the field and as an option for new Evolution PFDs. Price is expected to be $2,995. Visit

New Online American Flyers Courses
American Flyers’ new website,, offers FAA knowledge test preparation, simulated flight instruction and simulator instruction. Available courses include private, instrument refresher and FAA-approved flight instructor revalidation (more courses will be added). Visit and

Avidyne In The Extra EA-500
Avidyne and Extra Aircraft have unveiled the Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck for the Extra EA-500. “We chose Avidyne for their innovation, overall ease of use and truly redundant system architecture,” commented Walter Extra, founder of Extra Aircraft. The first customer delivery of the EA-500 took place at Aero Friedrichshafen.

Additionally, Avidyne has added an innovative feature, FMS Preview, to Entegra Release 9. It allows pilots to see a graphical presentation on the split-screen map as they scroll through the list of available departures, airways, transitions and approach procedures. FMS Preview will be part of the software that’s targeted for certification later in Q2 2010. Visit, and

Legend Smart Cub G3
American Legend has introduced the Legend Smart Cub G3—a certified LSA equipped with the new Garmin G3X MFD. The integrated Garmin G3X glass-cockpit system combines full PFD functions with electronic engine monitoring and moving-map capabilities. The Legend Smart Cub G3 instrument panel also includes a Garmin SL 40 COM, Garmin GTX 327 transponder and PS Engineering PM1200 intercom. Visit and


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