Diamond Aircraft and Aspen Avionics introduced a factory-equipped glass cockpit solution for the DA20, Diamond’s popular two-seat trainer. With an option price of $7,995 for the Aspen EFD1000 Pilot Primary Flight Display (PFD), the DA20 offers the industry’s lowest purchase price for a certified glass cockpit-equipped aircraft
"Combining low acquisition cost with a five gph fuel burn, low maintenance costs and low insurance rates, makes the glass DA20 the most economical means to integrate Technologically Advanced Aircraft training into any flight training program," Peter Maurer, president of Diamond Aircraft said.
"The Garmin G1000 is brilliant, but to get into one requires the purchase of a four-seater with higher acquisition and operating costs. Whereas this has been a barrier to some operators, the Aspen-equipped DA20 makes glass cockpit training a possibility for every flight school."
New DA20 aircraft equipped with the Aspen PFD will be able to support retrofit of the Aspen EFD1000 Multi-Function Display (MFD) upon its certification, expected in mid-2009, and are pre-equipped with much of the hardware necessary for the retrofit.
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