Questions Remain over Who Will Provide Standard Ae270 Cockpit
Ibis Aerospace has selected Honeywell’s Apex glass cockpit for the Ae270 turboprop single, but it is still unclear whether the avionics will be standard or optional. At EBACE in Geneva in late May, Honeywell and Ibis put out a joint press release saying Apex would be the standard cockpit in the airplane. But at the same time, Ibis in North America issued a release saying Apex would be an option and that the FlightLogic cockpit from Chelton Flight Systems would remain the standard cockpit.
At press time the matter of the dueling press releases had yet to be resolved, with Honeywell apparently still believing its cockpit would be standard, and an Ibis marketing executive saying Chelton would be standard. Chelton Flight Systems president Gordon Pratt said he knew nothing about the Honeywell avionics in the Ae270 until he saw the Ibis press release and was still not exactly sure what was happening.