Affordable, Open-Interface Touchscreen Bendix/King KSN 770
Available by Year-End
In what may be one of the biggest announcements of AEA this
year, Honeywell and Aspen Avionics said Wednesday they are
collaborating to deliver a state-of-the-art, NextGen-ready
multi-function touchscreen cockpit display to general aviation
customers. The two companies have completed a development agreement
to bring Honeywell’s open-interface Bendix/King KSN 770 to
market before the end of 2011.
Honeywell’s Bendix/King KSN 770 is part of the Apex Edge
series, delivering a Multi-Function Display (MFD) with GPS,
Communication and Navigation capabilities for general aviation
aircraft. Boasting a 5.7" touchscreen and a leading edge graphic
interface, the product is based on scalable system architecture
that effectively future-proofs a customer’s cockpit
"Honeywell’s Bendix/King KSN 770 has an architecture that
interfaces with more than 90 percent of general aviation aircraft
flying today,” said Rob Wilson, president of Business and
General Aviation at Honeywell Aerospace. “Many pilots will
find this approach much more attractive than replacing a full
cockpit suite to get the same functionality from Garmin. The new
KSN 770 also will be highly integrated with Aspen’s Evolution
Flight Displays, creating a range of display options for our
customers beyond those provided by the KFD 840.”
Aspen will combine its experience in the light and medium
general aviation markets with Honeywell’s leadership in
developing display features that are operating in the most advanced
business jets today. Designed to make flying safer and easier, the
KSN 770 will have Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance
(LPV) and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capabilities. It
will display a full complement of safety systems including onboard
weather radar, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS),
data link weather, traffic, and charts and maps.
Aspen Avionics President and CEO John Uczekaj said:
“Customers have been hungry for more innovation and choice in
avionics for the general aviation market. Honeywell and Aspen are
delivering a level of technical innovation and ergonomic
functionality previously only available to business jet customers.
The product’s interoperability, expandable architecture and
flexible interface offer a clear alternative to existing
Providing broad interoperability with legacy and modern cockpit
systems for Part 23 aircraft, the KSN 770 will feature multiple
control inputs to optimize the pilot interface. The high-resolution
touchscreen is complemented by traditional hard keys, line select
keys, display based dedicated keys and a cursor control device
(CCD). This combination of traditional and leading edge interface
options provides maximum flexibility for pilot input and
Among the features included in the KSN 770:
- Future-proofed open architecture.
- Affordable pricing.
- Extensive dealer network.
- Large 5.7” touchscreen and graphic interface.
- Integrated full-function GPS.
- Integrated localizer performance with vertical guidance
- Integrated wide area augmentation system (WAAS)
- Integrated onboard weather radar.
- Integrated enhanced ground proximity warning system
- Integrated data link weather service.
- Integrated air traffic management, charts and maps.
- Multiple control input options.
- Full compatibility with most aircraft flying today.
The Bendix/King product family includes communication and
navigation avionics, flight information services, flight controls,
weather radar, Integrated Hazard Avoidance Systems and
multi-function displays for the general aviation, experimental and
light business aviation communities.