Aspen Avionics and Trio Avionics (The STC Group LLC) have announced the integration of Trio Pro Pilot autopilot and Aspen Avionics display packages for over 12 aircraft models. The combined package(s) can be purchased from Aspen Avionics and Trio authorized dealers and start at $10,750 for the affordable Aspen Evolution E5 flight display and Trio Pro Pilot autopilot. 

The Trio Pro Pilot is a two-axis digital autopilot designed for precise navigation and altitude control. It encompasses all the performance and safety features of Trio’s other systems and makes them available in a single, panel-mounted instrument. The combined autopilot and display system offers dynamic functionality with control of the autopilot through the Aspen display. 

Functions for the E5 and Pro MAX PFD (with v2.12 software) include: 
Selected Heading, Selected Course, Corrected Barometric Altitude, Selected Altitude, GPSS, and GPS LPV approaches. 

The Pro Pilot autopilot pricing starts at $5,995. The autopilot enablement software when integrated with the Aspen display(s) is an additional fee of $200 (USD). Customers with existing Trio autopilot installations can return their control head to Trio Avionics to complete the integration for $400 (USD).  

“Aspen welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Trio Avionics to provide an affordable digital autopilot/electronic flight display (EFIS) system for aircraft owners seeking an alternative option beyond a single manufacturer. We continue to offer an open integration platform that provides aircraft owners a choice when it comes to equipping their aircraft with the latest technology,” said Mark Ferrari, vice president of sales and customer support. 

Jeff Odum, managing director and sales manager of the STC Group LLC comments, “Trio Avionics is pleased to offer our autopilot integration with the Aspen Avionics flight display system to the general aviation community. Like Aspen, we firmly adopt the concept of offering affordable avionics alternatives. Aspen Avionics systems are by far the most intuitive interface we will develop. We look to add more functionality as the relationship progresses”. 

The baseline Evolution E5 consolidates attitude indicator plus HSI into a single display with a rechargeable backup battery. It also includes Global Position System Steering (GPSS), air data computer, and attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS). The installation of the Evolution E5 will also enable owners to remove their vacuum system and does not require a backup attitude indicator. 

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