Fri, Jul 15, 2011
Updated Panel Mount Product Adds Bluetooth Interface
XCOM Avionics, whose flagship product is its panel-mount VHF
aircraft COM transceiver, tells ANN that it will be at Oshkosh to
show an updated version of the radio which adds a bluetooth
In his e-mail, Coates told us, "This means the XCOM VHF radio
can now talk with your favourite Garmin device, it can communicate
with iPads, Androids and just about anything else operating with
Bluetooth or USB and is the ideal compliment for many of the iPad
and Android flightbags being introduced. This is a huge leap
forward in cockpit technology and I invite you to our Booth in
Hanger B which is against the wall closest to the runway for a full
demonstration of the technology."
There was no indication of whether a price change will accompany
the upgrade. The street price of the XCOM transceiver is about
$1,500 (USD). There will, however, be special pricing on XCOM's
aviation headset as a show special at Oshkosh.
The exhibit as Oshkosh may also serve to dispel rumors that the
recent end of operations of XCOM's US radio manufacturing partner,
Narco Avionics, has interrupted availability of XCOM transceivers,
a shift he credits for a dramatic reduction in failure rates. In
response to an ANN inquiry in April regarding the Narco shutdown
and its effect on XCOM, Coates responded with an e-mail which says,
in part, "It is business as usual at XCOM Avionics because we have
known about Narco's problems since the beginning of January and
have implemented plans from that date...
"Narco didn't actually put the parts onto the circuit boards.
This was done by a contract manufacturer and the same company
continues to make XCOM Radios to this day. Narco assembled and
tested the XCOM Radio and many of the people that were working for
Narco have committed to continuing the building of XCOM Radios
under their own company."
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