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At the 2013 AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas, AEA President Paula Derks asked member companies
the question: What's working for you? Derks challenged AEA members to share their success stories, best practices and
ideas that are working for their respective companies. This article is part of a series that highlights how AEA member
companies recognized challenging economic circumstances, and how they responded and overcame them.

What's

Working?

Business initiatives that are elevating companies to success
S T O R Y

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T H O M A S

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Aspen Avionics:
Staying Connected

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he first time I met John Uczekaj, chief
itself and the technology within were quite suitable for
executive officer and president of Aspen
primary flight displays. The tiny MFD proved to investors
Avionics, I was in professor mode. When I'm
that Aspen had the capability to certify and produce
in this mode, I'm always on the lookout for low-cost ways
sophisticated display systems.
to provide service to my students. This includes soliciting
After raising its first round of venture capital in
donations.
December 2005, the Series B round of venture capital
So I struck up a conversation with Uczekaj and asked
closed in June 2007, and the company has been wellabout the possibility of securing a
funded ever since.
donation for a nonairworthy Aspen
It didn't take long for the Aspen
display. "We sell every one we
primary flight display to become
OTHER THINGS ARE
build," he replied. Eventually, my
popular. Diamond offered the DA20
UP OUR SLEEVES AND
college bought one of those units
with the EFD 1000 as an option in
COMING SOON.
built by his company.
2008. In July of the same year, Aspen
JOHN UCZEKAJ,
Based in Albuquerque, New
announced it had added more than 200
Aspen Avionics president & CEO
Mexico, a small group of aviation
airplanes to its FAA Approved Model
enthusiasts founded Aspen Avionics in
List STC for the EFD 1000. At the
2004. The company's first product was
same time, the company announced
the AT300 Hazard Awareness Display that was certified
the PFD was able to interface with popular Century and
in November 2005. It was a high-resolution multifunction
Cessna ARC autopilots. At that time, the PFD was already
display, designed to replace a mechanical vertical speed
approved for BendixKing and S-TEC autopilots.
indicator. With top- and side-view terrain presentations,
The popularity of the Aspen flight displays continued
moving map, datalink and more, the little MFD was quite
to grow, and 2009 was a memorable year for the
extraordinary. Impressive as it was, the AT300 did not
company. In January, the Aero-News Network named
take the aviation industry by storm; however, the product
the Evolution as the No. 2 Aero-Product of the Year,
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Avionics News June 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News June 2015

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View from Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Long Live the NavComm
Member Profile
Dealing Avionics
A New Helicopter Maintenance Association is Born
Aisles of Smiles
Leveraging Innovation
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
Business Basics
What’s Working?
What’s New
Marketplace Classifieds
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