Bendix/King has released its first new avionics product since the Honeywell division moved to Albuquerque, N.M., and began revitalizing the once-iconic avionics brand under the leadership of president Kevin Gould. The new $2,300 KMA 30 audio panel signals that Bendix/King is serious about new avionics to serve the general aviation market.
Garmin retained its spot at the top of the 2012 AIN Avionics Product Support Survey cockpit avionics rankings, with readers giving the avionics manufacturer an overall average rating of 8.3 this year, down 1 percent from last year but again the only company rated in the eights.
Duncan Aviation has named Allan Orsi regional manager in Brazil. Orsi will travel the region meeting aircraft operators, management organizations and other service providers with the goal of maintaining and building relationships within the region. Orsi has been with Duncan Aviation since 2008. He has prior work experience with Honeywell, Embraer, Bosch and Aerostation. Orsi has a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering and an international trade technical degree.
Soloy Aviation Solutions’ long-standing relationship with Woodward propeller governors used on its Cessna 206/207 Mk 1 Turbine Pac has ended as a result of Woodward’s transferring its line to Honeywell. “While the Soloy gearboxes seem to last forever, vendor-supplied accessories come and go based on the supplier’s business needs,” said Soloy CEO Dave Stauffer.
Signature TechnicAir has appointed Dan Henchal as director of maintenance for its facilities at Charles B Wheeler Airport (Kansas City, Mo.) and at New Century Air Center Airport (Olathe, Kan.). Previously, Henchal worked at the Signature TechnicAir facility at St. Paul Downtown Airport.
The FAA issued a supplemental type certificate to Banyan Air Service for installation of Honeywell’s Aspire 200LG Wi-Fi-enabled satcom system on the Gulfstream GII/III/IV. The system includes the Aspire 200LG Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcom, optional CNX-200 cabin gateway and Honeywell Sky Connect dual-channel Iridium satcom. “The flexibility and scalable architecture of the Aspire system combined with data acceleration and Wi-Fi allows versatility within our STC to meet the needs of our clients,” said Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics.
The 787 is a veritable showcase for the latest technology from U.S. avionics and aircraft systems group Honeywell.
Soloy Aviation Solutions is offering an AS350B engine conversion kit that replaces the Turbomeca Arriel 1B with a Honeywell LTS101-600A-3A. The conversion reduces operating costs by approximately 20 percent, fuel flow by four to six gph, and may be maintained on an on-condition inspection cycle resulting in less down time and lower operating costs, according to Soloy. “The total kit, including factory rebuilt engine, is $440,000 and takes less than 10 days to install,” Nick Parkinson, helicopter sales director, told AIN.
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).
JetTech Aerospace delivered its first BBJ green completion in February and shut its doors not long after. According to the company’s former v-p of completions, Colt Mehler, a stagnant economy was the reason the Spokane, Wash.-based completion and refurbishment center went out of business.
“We had just delivered a great [BBJ] and the owners were happy with it, but there was little follow-on business,” Mehler explained, “and the risk-versus-reward was no longer appealing.”