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    Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 11:01am
Just checking to see if anyone with an IFDxxx has upgraded their Aspen Avionics to the new MAX upgrade, available & effective, 7/1/19, and what effect or experience, if any, that the upgrade had on the IFD series, good, indifferent, or bad?  I have an IFD540 recently installed & I just sent off my 3 Aspen units for the MAX upgrade to be completed in August.  I am wondering what to expect?  Thanks.

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I am following this.  I am doing the same upgrade in a few months. 
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+1 next month
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soon as well
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Following, mine will be done in a few months. 

Please post a pirep when you get it back.  Thanks. 
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All, my 3 Aspen Units arrive today at Aspen Avionics in Albuquerque, NM facility for the MAX upgrade according to tracking numbers & Aspen.  Aspen says it’s a 10 business day turnaround. So based on this data, it looks to be end of month or 1st of September to do the re-install.  My understanding these units will be ready to go except we will need to run an extra wire to my audio panel for altitude call-outs.  I’ll update all on the final outcome once installation completed & flight tested.

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An update would be good.
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I was a bit disappointed when I learned that my buggy would be down for a min of 10 days, I have decided to find out if I can delay my upgrade until the winter when I don't fly as much. I will let you know what they say, after the inquiry.


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Got my email last night.  Aspen wants my units 9/1!
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My PFD & MFD are also scheduled to go back 9/1. Hoped Aspen would take them one at a time but apparently they both must be done at once. Currently, my IFD 540 calls out “500” feet when I’m descending in the pattern. Anyone know what other altitudes will be called out with the additional wire? They’ll be a lot of “chatter” if it talks every time I drift up or down a couple of hundred feet. 
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From what I have seen, the max can call out ALTITUDE (as set from your altitude tape) and MINIMUM (as set in your minimum window).  Useful, but not a robust feature set (yet).

It also calls out TERRAIN and OBSTRUCTIONS.

The Max PG is posted on Aspen's web site.






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