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there." For the GPS/nav/comm products, BendixKing is
partnering with Avidyne and using the company's popular
IFD-series of navigators and rebranding them as the
BendixKing AeroNav series.
"Dan Schwinn and his team at Avidyne had been a
great partner for a long time before we worked this deal
with them," explained Roger Dykmann, BendixKing vice
president of sales, Americas. "The Avidyne IFD units are the
ideal complements to our AeroVue Touch units. For example,
the high-resolution displays on the Avidyne IFD units are
ideally suited to serve as displays for our weather radar units
in panels that don't have space for dedicated displays. It's
the perfect natural progression for BendixKing to sell and
support the Avidyne IFD units. Together, we will go a lot
further in the market than we can individually."
Another of BendixKing's new branded offerings is its
AeroPoint 200 digital engine-monitoring unit, which is
manufactured by JPI Instruments.
"Being a full-line supplier is very important to both
BendixKing and our dealers today," Dykmann said. "Whether
it's internal or external product development, we are continuing
to develop the best products and relationships we can."
The experimental partnership
that became permanent
Another piece of the panel upgrade puzzle was the need for
an affordable autopilot solution that would meet the needs of
both experimental and certified aircraft owners. The solution
became BendixKing's acquisition of TruTrak Flight Systems,
which was announced at AirVenture Oshkosh in July 2019.
"As soon as we decided to be in the experimental
aircraft market, we knew we needed a partner with proven
experience," Cohen said. "So we reached out to Andrew
Barker and his team at TruTrak about selling their autopilots
under our xCruze brand."
"We started discussing interfaces between BendixKing
products and our autopilots, and as we got into that transition,
we realized how well their goals and my vision for where
I wanted TruTrak autopilots to go were aligned," Barker
explained. "I was looking for a way to get more resources
- we have a huge backlog of orders that we didn't have the
manufacturing resources to fill.
"In addition to continuing our work with our experimental
products, we are committed to continuing and growing
the current list of approved aircraft on our AML-STC for
TruTrak autopilots in the certificated markets. Branded as
the AeroCruze 100, the autopilot is now available for most
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popular Cessna and Piper models. We will also have the first
approval for a Mooney very soon."
Barker also noted that as part of the BendixKing leadership
team, he's much better positioned to meet all of his goals,
including the ability to get affordable autopilots into the hands
of pilots and making their flying easier and safer.
"This now gives us a wide breadth of autopilots from
experimental all the way up to business jets, all with
Honeywell products," Cohen said. "Andrew's team brings a
lot of experience on how to get a great product to customers
and still keep it affordable for everyone. That's one thing that
will be a great benefit to our entire group."
Of course, none of this would be possible without
BendixKing building its avionics using an open-architecture
design, which makes it much easier for all the different
avionics units to seamlessly work together.
6,000 Cessnas and unlimited possibilities
While BendixKing's decision to incorporate other
manufacturers' products will obviously enable the company
to bring new systems to market faster and at a lower cost,
Cohen said there's another benefit: It will give owners greater
flexibility when it comes time to planning for a panel upgrade.
"Collaboration allows the aircraft owner to pick and
choose what they want to do in their aircraft," he said. "This
will allow us to bring these great products and capabilities to
more customers than other solutions allow."
Front and center of the company's commitment is its
recent program announcement to provide a flexible upgrade
path to the owners of the 6,000 single-engine Cessnas
produced in Independence, Kansas, between 1996 and 2004.
"We were standard fit in all those aircraft," Dykmann
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One of three
available form fits for
the AeroCruze/xCruze
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