Avionics News November 2015 - 22
Heriot Watt Research Park
Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP
Trig Avionics lends
innovative spirit to design
S T O R Y
C H R I S T I N E
n Scotland, one of the most beautiful places in the
world to fly, Trig Avionics creates aircraft electronics
that enhance flying and make it safer. The company's
precision-made Mode S transponders, radios and audio panels
are small, lightweight and energy efficient.
"One of the reasons we're successful is that we understand
what pilots want," said Jon Roper, marketing manager
for Trig Avionics. "Our hallmark is that our avionics are
extremely clever and innovative. They are highly efficient in
terms of how much space and size that they use. That reflects
our 'Better by Design' ethos."
Across the company, Trig Avionics employees share a
CEO Andy Davis shows Alistair Darling, a member of British Parliament,
around the Trig Avionics headquarters.
K N A U E R
passion for and experience in aviation. Many are general
aviation, glider, ultralight and paraglider pilots. Andy Davis,
founder and chief executive officer, is an experienced fixedwing pilot with more than 4,000 hours.
In 2004, Davis started Trig Avionics, producing a
transponder to meet the European-wide mandate for Mode S.
Today, the company manufactures several transponders, radios
and audio panels. Its dealer network has expanded to more than
530 in more than 42 countries. In January, Trig Avionics moved
to its new, significantly larger headquarters at Edinburgh
Research Park, adjacent to Heriot Watt University.
"Andy really understands aviation, and that puts us in
a strong position," said Roper, who flies an ultralight as
well as served in the military and naval aviation. "He's
a visionary in terms of his engineering and running all
elements of the company."
Trig Avionics draws on parts suppliers throughout the United
Kingdom and operates two manufacturing facilities in Scotland.
Dedicated design, manufacturing and quality teams oversee the
development and creation of all Trig products. A network of
approved service centers in the United States, Australia and the
United Kingdom provide support throughout the world.
"We fully integrate the development, creation and
manufacturing of avionics," Roper said. "We have a range of
stringent standards in place, which gives us great confidence
in the quality in our products. It also means we're able to
intervene in any stage of the manufacturing process. It gives us