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Over the last four years, Aspen Avionics has brought to the GA industry affordable glass cockpit solutions to aircraft that previously had no path to take advantage of the technology revolution that we saw in our day-to-day life. We did this through the focus on our Evolution Display products and working to deliver products on time and meet customer expectations.

We developed product serially; in other words, we worked on one product or feature, completed it and then moved on to the next one. With the popularity of the Evolution System, we received more and more demand for additional features, new products and new technologies. In order to cope with the increased demand and opportunity, like most companies we have had to transition to developing and bringing to market products in parallel.

We have had to ramp up our engineering resources, introduce new processes in development and in the certification process, work closer with the already strained FAA resources, and become more sophisticated in our marketing and sales organizations. That transition has come with some learning curve as we mature as an organization. Some of that has meant that we have not always met all of our dates in bringing products to market, something that we pride ourselves in doing and something that we want to be the best in the industry in achieving. There will be bumps in the road during this process and transition but rest assured that we are committed to delivering quality products on time and at affordable prices.

With Oshkosh coming up this month, expectations are high for new functions from Aspen, including Synthetic Vision, a new software version for the existing PFD and MFD that will incorporate many new features and changes requested from our customers, improvements in our AHRS algorithms to eliminate the dependency on Pitot inputs to finally allow for the removal of the back-up attitude system and many others.

We have received many requests for dates of availability for customer planning purposes. We are working hard to make all of this happen as quickly as possible. Most all of these functions are in the final stages of certification. The certification process has many variables that impact specific availability dates especially in the final stages of certification. Our activities have put a lot of strain on the our FAA resources and they have responded well, trying to support all of our new developments. Therefore it has been difficult to provide exact dates of availability.

We recognize the need to communicate more clearly about these dates.  In the next few days, we will be re-energizing our Evolution Tracking information on our website to give up-to-the-minute data on availability, and information on upcoming announced products.  This process received great praise from our customers during the development of the PFD and MFD products and we hope will do the same for the introduction of our new products. We invite all of our customers to monitor the site for the latest information on upcoming products.

We are looking forward to a great Oshkosh and hope to see many of you either at our booth or at our North 40 Welcome center. Please stop by and say hello and we can show you the latest innovations coming from Aspen.

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