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It was exciting to learn this week that Cessna is finally updating their avionics suite on the Skylane and Stationair and interesting that they are abandoning the Bendix/King brand. Obviously, Garmin must be providing a better and likely lower cost alternative to the Honeywell APEX system. When Honeywell originally announced that they were developing the APEX suite several years ago they maintained, somewhat arrogantly I thought, that it would only be available in new production aircaft. Well now they are marketing their sytem as APEX/R, the ""R" standing for retrofit. And what happened to the King name? Do you think Honeywell hired some former Raytheon employees, the same ones that thought no one would notice if they dropped the Beechcraft name? King and Bendix have long enjoyed a well deserved reputation for producing quality avionics, but it wasn't that many years ago that Honeywell was best know for making thermostats. Since Honeywell acquired these brands the competition, notably Garmin, has been gobbeling up their market share. And now Honeywell has lost Bendix/King's largest new aircraft account with Cessna's defection to the Garmin camp.
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