Honeywell Acquires Baker Electronics

 - January 14, 2008, 10:21 AM

Honeywell last month purchased the assets of cabin avionics specialist Baker Electronics. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. John Uczekaj, Honeywell executive vice president and general manager for business, regional and general aviation avionics, said the business is being renamed Honeywell Cabin Management Systems and Services. It will remain based in Sarasota, Fla., and be headed by Tim Swords, most recently Honeywell director of new business development for business, regional and general aviation markets. Uczekaj said the unit’s focus would initially be directed toward development of a line of products and services for airborne access to e-mail, the Internet and audio/video conferencing. The acquisition by Honeywell of a cabin IFE specialist should position the company to better compete against rival Rockwell Collins, which itself recently added to its cabin avionics stable with the purchase of Airshow, a maker of IFE, moving-map and airborne satellite TV systems. Baker Electronics is best known for its cabin-management devices, cockpit audio systems, LCD flat-panel screens and moving-map systems. In December the company introduced aviation’s first 30-inch flat-screen LCD monitor, a $25,000 (list price) display designed for installation on business-jet cabin bulkheads.