Aspen Jetride, the charter operator that acquired the assets of Aspen Executive Air (AEXJet) after AEXJet filed for bankruptcy protection last year, has ceased operations and surrendered its operating certificate, according to an FAA spokesman for the Southwest region. Aspen Jetride, formerly known as Jetride, finalized the AEXJet acquisition in January and added “Aspen” to its name in April.
Aspen Avionics announced an expanded roster of airplanes approved for installation of its EFD1000 Evolution PFD, now available for more than 600 makes and models of GA airplanes weighing up to 6,000 pounds. Higher-gross-weight airplanes will be added to the list by year-end, the company said. The Aspen PFD replaces the attitude indicator and directional gyro in typical instrument panels and costs $5,995 to $12,995, depending on the version.
Aspen Avionics on December 19 revealed that it has been forced to delay deliveries of its Evolution primary flight display (PFD) until March due to unexpected problems with environmental qualification testing. Aspen had planned to begin deliveries of the PFD late last year, and 240 authorized avionics dealers have ordered “huge, scary numbers” of the units, according to Doug Cayne, Aspen vice president of marketing.
Eclipse Aviation and Aspen Avionics last month settled a patent dispute over the AT300 hazard awareness display. Under the settlement agreement, Eclipse dropped a competing patent claim in exchange for 1 percent of Aspen common stock. The VLJ maker had contended that Aspen cofounders Peter Lyons and Jeff Bethel developed the AT300 product while they worked at Eclipse and, therefore, the patent for the product should belong to Eclipse.
For co-owner and general manager of Aspen Base Operation Cliff Runge, it’s been quite a run. He bought into the FBO at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (aka Sardy Field, ASE) in 1984 and last month closed on a deal to sell the facility to Trajen FBO Network, the growing FBO chain backed by private equity firm CapStreet.
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