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he	reaction	of	a	fellow	flyer	stopped	just	short	of	
That	was	back	around	the	turn	of	the	century,	or	in	terms	of	
slack-jawed	at	a	Florida	Sun	'n	Fun	event	a	few	
technological	advances,	generations	ago.
years	ago.	He	questioned	his	daughter	about	a	
Microprocessors	and	software	continued	their	divergent	
certain,	then-brand-new	tablet	computer	she	wanted.	
trips	-	the	former	getting	smaller	and	larger	in	power,	the	latter	
"How	they	expect	people	to	use	this	thing	without	buttons	...	
getting	larger	in	volume	but	simpler	in	use.	Along	came	the	
without	a	keypad?"
changeover	to	color	liquid-crystal	
He	missed	the	significance	
displays	to	supplant	the	cathode	ray	
of	her	mini-demonstration,	in	
tubes	used	in	graphical	displays,	and	
which	she	dragged	a	finger	across	
there	was	more	to	come.	
the	screen.	The	father	stood	
From	2009	to	2011,	a	veritable	
something	between	awe	and	
revolution	washed	through	the	
disbelief.	"Can	you	imagine	your	
cockpit-avionics	world	that	took	
GPS	with	something	as	odd	as	
advantage	of	the	same	advances	
that,	and	in	rough	air?"
that	produced	the	flood	of	touchAs	the	father	opened	his	wallet,	
controlled	tablet-style	computers	and	
he	uttered	something	about	the	
smartphones:	the	advances	in	touch"never	see	that	in	avionics"	line	as	
sensitive	color	displays	at	affordable	
his	daughter	wrinkled	up	her	face	
costs.
and	reminded	him,	"Never	say	
That	was	barely	three	years	ago.	
never."
Today,	touch-sensitive	main	displays	
BendixKing's KSN 770
Little	did	the	father	know,	
seem	to	dominate	avionics-company	
but	his	daughter	suddenly	became	
development.
the	ideal	candidate	for	new	avionics	emerging	from	an	
By	2011	when	the	same	father	and	daughter	returned	to	
evolution	of	touch-sensitive	controls	started	some	years	
Sun	'n	Fun,	the	new	BendixKing	770	all-in-one	was	coming	
ahead	of	the	touch-controlled	tablet	device	that	won	her	
down	the	pipeline.	The	GPS/nav/comm	in	the	panel	of	a	demo	
over.
airplane	at	Sun	'n	Fun	missed	catching	the	father's	attention	as	
Touch-sensitive	devices	and	menu-driven	controls	started	
he	orbited	a	show	plane,	weighing	its	workmanship	and	finish.	
moving	avionics	management	-	along	with	other	systems	
"Dad,"	the	daughter	exclaimed.	"You	gotta	see	the	GPS	...	it's	
-	away	from	pedestal-mounted	key-intensive	input	devices	
touchscreen."
with	the	development	of	Honeywell's	then	cutting-edge	
Dad	sighed,	leaned	in	and	asked	for	a	demonstration.	"She'll	
Primus	Epic	system,	originally	developed	to	launch	in	the	
explain	it	all	to	me	later,"	he	told	the	company	representative.	
Hawker	Horizon/Hawker	4000.	
The	revolution	is	touch-sensitive.
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Avionics News October 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News October 2014

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View from Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
The King is Back
Member Profile
Digital redundancy and plug-and-play capabilities
What’s Working?
Aviation Aces
Deterring avionics theft takes effort, money
Member Profile
Meet the AEA board of directors
Stay connected to the cloud, while flying in the clouds
Smartphone connectivity goes airborne
Business Basics
Marketing Report Card
AEAviators
Touchy-Feely Avionics
What’s New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News October 2014 - Intro
Avionics News October 2014 - Cover1
Avionics News October 2014 - Cover2
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Avionics News October 2014 - 2
Avionics News October 2014 - 3
Avionics News October 2014 - Point of Communication
Avionics News October 2014 - 5
Avionics News October 2014 - AEA Now
Avionics News October 2014 - 7
Avionics News October 2014 - 8
Avionics News October 2014 - 9
Avionics News October 2014 - 10
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Avionics News October 2014 - 12
Avionics News October 2014 - 13
Avionics News October 2014 - The View from Washington
Avionics News October 2014 - 15
Avionics News October 2014 - International News and Regulatory Updates
Avionics News October 2014 - 17
Avionics News October 2014 - 18
Avionics News October 2014 - 19
Avionics News October 2014 - The King is Back
Avionics News October 2014 - 21
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Avionics News October 2014 - 23
Avionics News October 2014 - Member Profile
Avionics News October 2014 - 25
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Avionics News October 2014 - Digital redundancy and plug-and-play capabilities
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Avionics News October 2014 - What’s Working?
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Avionics News October 2014 - Aviation Aces
Avionics News October 2014 - 39
Avionics News October 2014 - Deterring avionics theft takes effort, money
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Avionics News October 2014 - 43
Avionics News October 2014 - Member Profile
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Avionics News October 2014 - Meet the AEA board of directors
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Avionics News October 2014 - Stay connected to the cloud, while flying in the clouds
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Avionics News October 2014 - Smartphone connectivity goes airborne
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Avionics News October 2014 - Business Basics
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Avionics News October 2014 - Marketing Report Card
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Avionics News October 2014 - AEAviators
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Avionics News October 2014 - Touchy-Feely Avionics
Avionics News October 2014 - 75
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Avionics News October 2014 - What’s New
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Avionics News October 2014 - Marketplace Classifieds
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