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Aspen’s Connected Panel™ Now Able to Cross-fill Flight Plan Data to Garmin® GNS Navigators

September 22, 2011

Introducing expanded avionics interfaces and new Connected™ partners

Albuquerque, NM, September 22, 2011: Aspen Avionics announced today that Connected Panel™, an innovative new technology that wirelessly links mobile devices to certified avionics, will be compatible with the Garmin® GNS 400W/500W series navigators when Connected Panel™ is released at the end of the year. With this new capability, Connected Panel Enabled™ applications will be able to synchronize and cross-fill flight plan data from the Apple iPad to the Garmin® GNS navigators. This new functionality will be demonstrated this week in the Aspen booth #311 at AOPA Summit in Hartford, CT.

Aspen’s patent-pending line of Connected Panel™ products seamlessly integrates aviation application data from personal handheld devices with the certified avionics installed in an aircraft’s panel. This technology is enabled via Aspen’s Evolution Flight Displays, which are interoperable with a wide variety of avionics equipment that exist within the general aviation aircraft fleet.

“Aspen’s Evolution Flight Displays are compatible with a variety of new and legacy avionics products from multiple manufacturers, making Evolution a natural networker of flight data. Connected Panel leverages this interoperability to allow mobile devices to communicate with onboard systems in real time,” says Aspen’s Vice President of Marketing, Brad Hayden. “All or part of Connected Panel functionality will be available for new and legacy GPS navigators, depending upon its ability to transmit and receive data. For example, the Bendix/King by Honeywell KSN 770Nav/Com/GPS will be fully integrated with Connected, with functionality such as Com radio tuning from the iPad, that may not be available to other avionics that weren’t designed with the Connected Panel architecture in mind.”

The Connected Panel™ program was launched at EAA AirVenture 2011. Since then, Aspen has continued to add Connected Panel™ application and avionics partners to the group of ten Launch Partners that kicked off the program in July. The newest partners include: Avidyne, Coradine Aviation Systems, Digital Sectional, Hilton Software, and iFlightplanner.com. A list of the current Connected Panel Enabled™ partners is available at www.connectedpanel.com/partners.

Aspen is on track to release the Application Programming Interface (API) to individual developers and partners at the end of September. Interested development partners can find out more information by visiting www.connectedpanel.com/faq.

Connected™ Pilot, the first product in the Connected Panel™ product line, is scheduled for an end of year release. Connected™ Pilot is comprised of hardware and software components that can be integrated with an Aspen Evolution 1500, 2000 or 2500 flight display system.

For more information about Connected Panel™, visit www.connectedpanel.com.

About Aspen Avionics, Inc.
Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability into general aviation cockpits—and budgets. Our products increase situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, making it easier and safer to fly in both VFR and IFR conditions. The way we look at it, getting the latest avionics technology shouldn’t always mean spending a lot of money—on equipment or installation. At Aspen Avionics, we design products to be affordable, easy to install, and easy to own.

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