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Aspen Avionics Evolution E5 Dual Electronic Flight Instrument

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Versatile Performance – presents attitude information with altitude, airspeed, vertical speed plus DG/CDI course deviation indicator into a single display with a backup battery. Includes Global Positioning System (GPSS) Steering, and attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS).

Reliable - With redesigned electronics and new glass, the Evolution E5 has a bolder and brighter display and offers higher reliability, more capability and increased processing speed all while retaining Aspen’s unique form factor design that keeps installation costs down.

Affordable – real glass

Compatible – works with your panel’s existing avionics

Autopilot – interfaces to the new TruTrak Vizion Autopilot and is compatible with most legacy autopilots.

Simple Installation – the unique form-fit factor design slides into existing panel—one install does it all.

Upgradeable – affordably add HSI and other features such as ADS-B, Angle of Attack, Synthetic Vision and Hazard Awareness with an easy upgrade path that leverages your Evolution E5 investment without unit replacement.

Smart Investment – increases aircraft value, situational awareness.

GPS Compatibility

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  • Backup attitude indicator not required
  • Consolidates traditional attitude indicator and directional gyro (DG) into a single display
  • Autopilot compatibility interfaces to the new TruTrak Vizion Autopilot
  • Compatible with most legacy autopilots
  • Includes Global Positioning System (GPSS) Steering, and attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS)
  • Large, 6.0" diagonal, 400 x 760 pixel TFT Active Matrix LCD screen with bolder/brighter resolution
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion external backup battery with up to two hours of battery life
  • Works with your panel’s existing avionics
  • Unique form-fit design slides easily into existing panel cutouts
  • Provides a path for removal of vacuum instruments*
  • PFD Upgrades
  • Easy and affordable Evolution E5 Non-TSO STC to full TSO Evolution 1000 Pro upgrade
  • * In most circumstances. Actual vacuum instrument removal will vary by aircraft.


General Specifications:
  • Overall Dimensions: 3.50” W x 7.00”H x 4.15”D
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs. with mounting bracket
  • Display Type: 6.0” Diagonal TFT Active Matrix LCD
  • Display Resolution: 400x760
  • Display Backlight: High Intensity White LED
  • Display Colors: 32,768
Operational Specifications:
  • Operating Temp: -20°C to +55°C
  • Storage Temp: -55°C to +85°C
  • Max Operating Altitude (unpress.): 35,000 ft.
  • Cooling: Integral Fan
  • Max Humidity: 95% at 50°C
  • Input Voltage: +9 to +32 Volts DC
  • Max Current: 2.4 Amps @ 28 Vdc / 4.8 Amps @ 14 Vdc
I/O Specifications:
  • ARINC 429 Inputs: 5 Low Speed
  • ARINC 429 Outputs: 1 Low Speed
  • RS-232 Inputs: 5
  • RS-232 Outputs: 3
  • Pitot / Static: Quick Connect
Certification Specifications:
  • Software: RTCA DO-178B Level C
  • Environmental: RTCA DO-160E

Trio Autopilot

An affordable and dynamic combination of display and autopilot capability

Safety and precision that doesn't break the bank. Robust autopilot integration for certified aircraft with the Trio Pro Pilot autopilot and Aspen Avionics Evolution E5 and Evolution Pro MAX displays.

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.

Maximum stability and accuracy

The Trio Pro Pilot Autopilot is a fully-featured system that provides you with a list of workload-reducing and safety-enhancing features that were previously unavailable on aftermarket autopilots.

Together, the Aspen Evolution display system and Trio Pro Pilot Autopilot bring a new level of precision and safety to your cockpit. The feature-rich Evolution Flight Display system presents all your critical flight information in one, easy-to-read location for flying that is simpler… and safer.

System Benefits

  • Save workload: No multiple altimeter setting adjustments needed; engagement of autopilot functions are faster and simpler.
  • Upgrades your panel and improves instrument scan: Replaces separate monochrome displays, push buttons, and panel knobs with a full-color display directly in the pilot’s line of sight.

Key Features

  • Ability to select heading, course, corrected baro, and altitude on the PFD; vertical speed and airspeed are selected on the autopilot.
  • All autopilot annunciations are displayed in the pilot’s line of sight, reducing pilot scan.
  • Fully digital interface that eliminates the need for adapter boxes.

Autopilot Feature Integrations

  • Horizontal: Track with GPSS Heading/Course Intercept
  • Vertical: Altitude Hold Climb/Descent (AS/VS) Altitude Select
  • Safety: Auto Level Mode "Recover" Automatic 180 Turn Pilot Command Steering "PCS" Track Offset Capability Auto Servo Disconnect on takeoff
  • Approaches: RNAV approaches approved to 500 FT AGL.



I installed the E5 in my 172k and have flown behind it for a year, really like the attitude indicator, easy to read. the DG is rock solid, havent used the HSI function but IFR behind this unit would be real nice i think. Lots of little features and upgrade options. Mounted the RSM on the upper tail cone just fwd of the ventral fin, like i said DG rock solid reliable.

Nathan V
February 17, 2023

Be aware (we found out the hard way) The ACU IS REQUIRED even for DIGITAL Autopilots like the Aerocruz if you want to use GPSS passthrough. What you lose without passthrough is the automatic altimeter updates and as of the new software release Feb,23 altitude selection from the E5 being forwarded to the AP. There is no good reason for it but Aspen doesnt see that this would work with a simple software change. So pony up the extra $$ or kill functionality and increase workload.

June 12, 2023


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Q: Will it interface with a Stec-30 Autopilot? Will it interface with a Garmin GTN 650?

Per Aspen, the E5 will integrate with both the Stec-30 and the GTN 650.

Q: What do you mean by top or bottom mount on the Aspen Evolution E5?

When you install the RSM (Remote Sensor Module - Magnetometer), you have the option during time of order to mount externally on the top or bottom of the aircraft.

Q: What GPS input options for the Aspen Evolution E5 are there if a panel mounted source is not available?

Per the manufacturer, an IFR approved panel mounted GPS is needed. IFR GPS does not need to be WAAS.

Q: Will a kln-94 and/or a GX 65 appropriate GPS feeds for the Aspen E5?

Yes, an IFR approved panel mounted GPS (does not have to be WAAS)

Q: Does this Aspen E5 EFIS instrument have to be installed by a dealer in certified aircraft?

The E5 does not have to be installed by a dealer but does have to be installed by a A&P when being installed in a certified aircraft.

Q: Will my Garmin GTX 335 transponder with internal GPS, interface with the E5 to provide the GPS source?

No, as the GPS transponder is for ADS-B out, where Aspen requires an IFR panel mounted GPS source

Q: Can the WAAS GPS source for this Aspen E5 be from a LYNX transponder?

No. Per the manufacturer you will require an IFR GPS source such as a GNS430W or a GTN 650, etc.

Q: What does it mean by with or without ACU?

The ACU is an Analog Converter unit. This integrates the Aspen E5 older analog systems.

Q: Will it accept input from VOR receivers? How many?

Yes. It will accept one VOR source.

Q: When this Aspen E5 is put in a certified aircraft, what is the additional cost for the TSO version or is the E5 acceptable as is?

There is no added cost for it to be put in a certified aircraft. The E5 is a STC’d product. If interested, there is a version where you can upgrade to the PFD Pro Max, and that is TSO’d.