Avionics pioneer Edward King, Jr., 90, died Sunday at his home near Eugene, Ore. After graduating from college in 1943, King took a job on the East Coast with RCA, designing aircraft radio equipment for the U.S. Navy. He later returned to the Midwest, and in 1948 he borrowed $10,000 from his in-laws and founded his first company, Communications Accessories Corp. (CAC), which in 1956 was purchased by Collins Radio (now Rockwell Collins).
Joseph Hough has joined Dallas Airmotive as program manager for its HTF7000 service and support operations. Hough will handle sales as well as customer service on existing HTF7000 accounts and will be based in the Phoenix area. Hough joins the company from CTS, where he had been employed since 2009 and had 19 years’ experience before that in engineering and program management functions for Honeywell Aerospace, AlliedSignal Aerospace and Garrett Engines. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
Rich Schuller has joined Sextant Advisory in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he is focusing on helping clients with business development and maintenance-related consulting. Sextant Advisory’s specialty covers a range of business-related services for aviation companies, including performance improvement, business-development and aircraft maintenance issues.
Donald Hunt has been aircraft maintenance manager for OSI Restaurant Partners, which owns the Outback Steakhouse chain and seven others, since 1993.
OSI operates three Dassault Falcon 50s, which Hunt said is his favorite corporate airplane to work on, as it’s “a great product, with great support.” OSI, which used to operate Westwinds, got its first Falcon 50 in 2002.
Nit Subramaniam has joined BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul as director of technical process improvement. He retired from Garrett Aviation/AlliedSignal in 2005 after 26 years but continued to do consulting work for the company, developing engineering and quality procedures for manufacturing and maintainability processes on the TFE731, TPE331 and CFE738 engines and 36-series APUs.
Terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) manufacturers being sued for patent infringement by Honeywell have started to fight back. On Monday, Universal Avionics Systems Corp. filed a counterclaim in the U.S. District Court in Delaware alleging that Honeywell is “attempting to monopolize” the TAWS market with its patent lawsuit filed last spring.
In the fallout from the failed merger of General Electric and Honeywell, Honeywell’s board of directors last month huddled to contemplate whether the company has a legal case against GE for failing to use “reasonable best efforts” to win approval for the proposed deal in Europe.
“There are definite signs the market is improving. We’re starting to see aircraft sales pick up at the broker level and we’re holding our own in the market, at least in the first quarter of this year, and we’re hoping it will continue in the second quarter,” James Donlan told AIN.
Honeywell’s legal dispute with ACSS over EGPWS patents may be on its way to a private arbitrator instead of a courtroom, if the sides can agree on terms.
Makers of terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS)–mandated safety avionics that the FAA says must be installed in most turbine-powered airplanes by March 2005–have started to fight back against a Honeywell lawsuit alleging infringement of patents relating to the original TAWS: the Phoenix company’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).
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