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Aspen Avionics and Sensurion Aerospace team to Co-develop Commercial UAV Avionics

March 19, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. and BLOOMINGTON, Minn., March 19, 2018 -- Today, Aspen Avionics and Sensurion Aerospace announced a co-development partnership that will bring certified avionics to the burgeoning UAS and unmanned air-taxi marketplace.  Aspen Avionics'/Sensurion's focus is on FAA certified autopilots, communications, navigation, and surveillance systems, for small, medium, and large UAS, including future cargo and passenger carrying aircraft.

"The real winners in this partnership are the UAS users, system integrators and manufacturers," says Aspen President and CEO, John Uczekaj, a 30-year veteran of the certified avionics industry.  "Our consumers demand adaptability and a certifiable pedigree that can help get them to market quickly, operate with an extreme level of safety, and include innovative architectures that combine certified avionics with today's flying drone service/IoT data platforms, and near future cargo movers and people haulers."

With revenue estimates for commercial drone operations exceeding $100B in the next 10 years, and the demand for UAS with certified avionics filling a large gap between hobby drones and military platforms, this partnership will create jobs and fill the void in commercial UAS avionics.  The current UAS operational environment needs to evolve to meet, what experts believe, is the next great global innovation – unmanned air-taxi and personal vehicles.

"Our UAS customer's return on investment calculations turn profitable most quickly when they can operate beyond visual line of sight.  What they are asking for are proven systems that do not cost a fortune, meet governing authority standards, are able to evolve with the pace of global digitization, and most importantly offer a safer integration path into our airspace. Our roadmap is clear," continues Sensurion CEO, Captain Joe Burns, "we are combining the talents,  agility, and pedigree from two industry leaders, to bring UAS consumers what they want, with a value proposition that puts safe drone technology to work across many industries."

Initial product development from the team will include an autopilot/flight controller, TSO'd GPS/GNSS, and surveillance systems including ADS-B.

Aspen Avionics, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was founded by aviation enthusiasts in 2004. Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability into General Aviation cockpits—and budgets. Their products increase situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, making it even easier and safer to fly in both VFR and IFR conditions. The way they see it, getting the latest avionics technology shouldn't always mean spending a lot of money—on equipment or installation. Aspen Avionics designs products to be affordable, easy to install, and easy to own. Visit Aspen Avionics at AUVSI booth #3245

Sensurion Aerospace is a Bloomington, Minnesota based UAS design, manufacturing, and operational services company with a global footprint of systems and service teams. Sensurion manufactures both tethered multirotor and fixed-wing UAS platforms, operates fleets of UAS systems worldwide, and works closely with military and civilian customers, NASA and the FAA, and its innovative customer base, to bring true, measurable, return on investment, through digitization and data-driven UAS applications.  Visit Sensurion at AUVSI booth #2011

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Aspen’s NexNav™ Micro-i GPS Receiver/Sensor for Experimental Aircraft Available

July 26, 2016

EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, WI, July 26, 2016: Aspen Avionics (Hangar B, booth 2145) announced today it is expanding beyond the manufacturer sales channel to deliver its NexNav Micro-i GPS receiver/sensor through Aspen’s authorized dealer network. The aftermarket sales channel will offer experimental aircraft owners an affordable and compliant GPS position source for ADS-B Out. The Micro-i is part of the GPS product line acquired through the Aspen Avionics-Accord Technology transaction finalized in June 2015. The Micro-i GPS sensor is expected to be available through Aspen’s dealer network in the 4th quarter of 2016.

At a list price of only $800, Aspen’s NexNav Micro-i is compliant to 14 CFR 91.225 and 91.27 for ADS-B GPS performance and meets FAA AC 90-114 Change 1 for experimental aircraft in ADS-B-ruled air space.

“This is the perfect GPS WAAS position source solution for experimental aircraft to operate in ADS-B-ruled airspace. The NexNav Micro-i is unquestionably the most affordable solution especially considering its size, weight and power and performance characteristics for both OEM and end users,” said Hal Adams, Aspen Avionics executive vice president for business development.

Key features:

     • Meets position source performance requirements of 14 CFR §91.227(c) for ADS-B OUT
     • TSO C199, Class B (pending)
     • GPS L1 C/A code sensor with SBAS capability (10 GPS +2 SBAS channels)
     • Compatible with WAAS, EGNOS, MSAS and GAGAN
     • Receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM)
     • Fault detection and exclusion (FDE)
     • Lightning protection, EMI/EMC protection


     • Dimensions: 4.3 x 3.1 x 1.1 inches
     • Weight: < 0.4 pounds
     • Power Input: 8 to 36 VDC, < 1.0 watt
     • RF Connector: MCX Female
     • I/O Connector: D Type, 9 Pin
     • I/O Data Format: RS-232, NMEA 0183

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Press Contact: Perri Coyne
Aspen Avionics, Inc.
19820 N. 7th Street, Suite 150
Phoenix, AZ 85024
Office: 623.748.7869
Cell: 480.415.3950
Fax: 623.239.1995

Robert J. Blaha Named Director of Business Development

September 28, 2015

Aspen Avionics announced today that Robert J. Blaha has been named director of business development which will include Aspen’s newly acquired NexNav GPS product line. Blaha has been with Aspen since 2007, previously holding the positions of regional sales manager and director of international sales.

In his new role, Blaha’s initial effort will be to expand Aspen’s position in the avionics OEM and in the manned/unmanned airframe OEM markets. Blaha will be responsible for identifying unique opportunities available to Aspen with its newly acquired NexNav GPS product line; a result of its acquisition of Accord Technology LLC in June 2015. He will report to Hal Adams, executive vice president of business development.

“The wealth of experience and knowledge Rob brings to this role combined with his extensive network of business contacts is key to the continued growth and success of Aspen Avionics,” said Hal Adams. “Rob’s technical expertise, coupled with his 20+ years experience in the aerospace industry has identified him as the perfect candidate for this very important role in our newly combined company,” said John Uczekaj, Aspen president and chief executive officer.

Blaha received a B.S. degree in aviation maintenance management from Lewis University and holds FAA commercial pilot, flight instructor, ground Instructor and mechanic certificates.

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DEALER MEMO: NexNav™ Mini GPS Sensor Now Available From Aspen Avionics

July 15, 2015

Aspen Avionics recently acquired Accord Technology, a supplier of technically advanced and affordable GPS solutions which include the NexNav Mini GPS sensor.

The NexNav Mini GPS sensor has TSO C145c, Class Beta 1 approval and is STC'd for ADS-B OUT installations with Bendix/King and Trig Mode S transponders. It may now be ordered through the Aspen Avionics sales channel. Part numbers, descriptions and prices follow below.

Lead time for shipments is currently two to three days after receipt of order.

AML STCs for installation of the NexNav Mini GPS sensor with the Bendix/King KT74 transponder and with Trig TT22 and TT31 transponders were developed by:

Peregrine Avionics, L.L.C.
Hangar 30, Suite 220
13000 E. Control Tower Road Unit K-4
Englewood, CO 80112
Telephone: +1 303 325 3873

AML STC SA00765DE covers installations with the Bendix/King KT74 transponder.  AML SA00756DE covers installations with the Trig TT22 transponder.  AML STC SA00744DE covers installations with the Trig TT31 transponder.  Please visit the Peregrine Avionics internet site for further STC details and kit pricing.

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