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Luma Unveils LED Annunciator Panel for King Air C90

 - October 23, 2013, 1:20 PM
New annunciator lights for the C90 by Luma Technologies LLC

Luma Technologies (Booth No. C11947) has revealed a new LT-4545 LED annunciator panel for the Beechcraft King Air C90, the latest addition to its Lumatech line of LED annunciator panels for the King Air family.

The LT-4545, a drop-in replacement for the existing incandescent annunciators incorporated in the C90 glareshield, will be compatible with newer model C90A, C90GT, C90GTI and C90GTx models.

Luma Technologies president Bruce Maxwell said that FAA supplemental type certification of the panel has been delayed by the recent U.S. government shutdown. The panel’s development is completed.

Luma Technologies will also provide a 4500-series annunciator panel for the new King Air-based G90XT unveiled by Nextant Aerospace on Monday. The G90XT will be reengined with the GE H80 turboprop engine; its flight deck is based on the Garmin 1000 integrated avionics system.

The Lumatech line was first installed on the Nextant 400XT/XTi, the remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP. Luma further announced that it is developing a LED master caution system for those jets. As with new King Air light panels, the unit is intended as a drop-in alternative to the existing incandescent system. Maxwell said he expects the system will be certified by the FAA by next spring.

“Luma already provides similar systems on Nextant’s 400XTi and the [Beechcraft] Hawker 400 XPR, so it only makes sense to offer the same improvements to the existing fleet,” said Maxwell. “The Nextant and [Beechcraft] variants added a few more channels and different form factors but the circuits are all the same. Given that fact and how many of the other units we already have in the air, it should be a pretty smooth path to certification.”

Working units are on display at Luma’s booth and at Elliott Aviation’s exhibit (Booth No. C8143), which features a BeechJet cockpit mock-up fitted with the Garmin G5000 avionics suite, which is targeted for certification on the 400A/HawkerXP in 2015.