25-Mar-2011 Source: Honeywell
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Aspen Avionics are collaborating to deliver a state-of-the-art, NextGen-ready multi-function touchscreen cockpit display to general aviation customers. The two companies have completed a development agreement to bring Honeywellâ€™s open-interface Bendix/King KSN 770 to market before the end of 2011.
Honeywellâ€™s Bendix/King KSN 770 is part of the Apex Edge series, delivering a Multi-Function Display (MFD) with GPS, Communication and Navigation capabilities for general aviation aircraft. Boasting a 5.7″ touchscreen and a leading edge graphic interface, the product is based on scalable system architecture that effectively future-proofs a customerâ€™s cockpit investment.
â€œHoneywellâ€™s Bendix/King KSN 770 has an architecture that interfaces with more than 90 percent of general aviation aircraft flying today,â€ said Rob Wilson, president of Business and General Aviation at Honeywell Aerospace. â€œMany pilots will find this approach much more attractive than replacing a full cockpit suite to get the same functionality from Garmin. The new KSN 770 also will be highly integrated with Aspenâ€™s Evolution Flight Displays, creating a range of display options for our customers beyond those provided by the KFD 840.â€
Aspen will combine its experience in the light and medium general aviation markets with Honeywellâ€™s leadership in developing display features that are operating in the most advanced business jets today. Designed to make flying safer and easier, the KSN 770 will have Localizer
Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capabilities. It will display a full complement of safety systems including onboard weather radar, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), data link weather, traffic, and charts and maps.
Aspen Avionics President and CEO John Uczekaj said: â€œCustomers have been hungry for more innovation and choice in avionics for the general aviation market. Honeywell and Aspen are delivering a level of technical innovation and ergonomic functionality previously only available to business jet customers. The productâ€™s interoperability, expandable architecture and flexible interface offer a clear alternative to existing systems.â€
Providing broad interoperability with legacy and modern cockpit systems for Part 23 aircraft, the KSN 770 will feature multiple control inputs to optimize the pilot interface. The high-resolution touchscreen is complemented by traditional hard keys, line select keys, display based dedicated keys and a cursor control device (CCD). This combination of traditional and leading edge interface options provides maximum flexibility for pilot input and control.
Bendix/King KSN 770 â€“ The Features that Pilots Want
The Bendix/King product family includes communication and navigation avionics, flight information services, flight controls, weather radar, Integrated Hazard Avoidance Systems and multi-function displays for the general aviation, experimental and light business aviation communities. For more information, please visit www.bendixking.com.
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Honeywellâ€™s aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations.
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About Aspen Avionics, Inc.
Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability from the commercial and business aviation markets into general aviation and helicopter cockpitsâ€”and budgets. Our products increase situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, making it easier and safer to fly in both VFR and IFR conditions. The way we look at it, getting the latest avionics technology shouldnâ€™t always mean spending a lot of moneyâ€”on equipment or installation. At Aspen Avionics, we design products to be affordable, easy to install, and easy to own.