Avionics News March 2017 - 38
brings LED benefits to panel Upgrades
S T O R Y
D A V E
hen the cockpit systems started
lighting up in a Beechcraft
King Air 350 at the start of a
demonstration flight late last year, one thing jumped out
in the panel dominated by a new Garmin G1000 NXi
system: No longer did the two factory stock annunciator
panels fill their usual spaces in the big propjet's
As soon as the audio panel started, a right-seat
passenger asked the pilot a two-word question: "Luma
The answer returned, swiftly - and enthusiastically:
"Yeah! And we love 'em ... they're great."
Manufacturers everywhere would love such effusive
endorsements from customers - paying customers, from
the sound of it. "They're a little pricey - but worth it.
They work great!"
Actually, they cost less than factory originals according
to Luma Technologies. And that pilot echoed the subsequent
feedback from other operators who made the switch.
H I G D O N
In an industry where change often comes slowly,
against we've-always-done-it-this-way resistance, that
"they work great" endorsement speaks volumes about
the acceptance of products from a company barely more
than a decade old. And the company's products continue
filling panels across the spectrum with advanced
annunciator panels, integrated displays and caution
warning systems, low-profile switches and cockpit
What the bulk of Luma Technologies' products
share is their innovative applications of today's go-to
illumination technology - the light emitting diode, or
LED, and the benefits of this illumination technology.
"A bell, light, or other device that provides
information on the state or condition of something by
indicating which of several electrical circuits has been
activated. The annunciator panel and warning lights."
Say, "So long!" to failed filaments.