In a move that should reap significant rewards for the buyer, Rockwell Collins has announced plans to buy Airshow, the Tustin, Calif. maker of cabin information systems, for $160 million. The acquisition from Airshow parent Acterna, a maker of communications test equipment, is anticipated to give Collins a more solid foothold in business aviation and airline in-flight-entertainment markets.
Rival avionics manufacturers are about to get their day in court. Jury selection in the patent trial involving Honeywell and competing makers of terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) began October 31 in Wilmington, Del., and will be followed by opening arguments in the case starting on November 3.
Don’t expect an economic miracle from the business aviation marketplace over the next decade. Honeywell forecasters once again are predicting nothing better than “slow but sustained expansion” through 2013.
Among the turbine engine programs Honeywell is featuring at Booth No. 2137 this week are a completely factory-remanufactured version of the venerable T53 that powered the Huey series and the brand-new HTS900 turboshaft for the Army Bell ARH-70A armed reconnaissance helicopter.
UK helicopter service company Sterling Aviation took delivery of Honeywell’s Sentinel navigation system for its Eurocopter BK 117 fleet, and the initial response from operational crews is “very encouraging,” according to Sterling Aviation managing director Gerry Hermer. Sterling Aviation operates the East Anglian Air Ambulance service.
After acquiring Skyforce, a small UK-based avionics company, in 1998, AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) focused on the European market for the helicopter mission management systems that became Skyforce’s forte. Skyforce transitioned into Honeywell’s Mission Systems business and now the company is expanding its mission management system offerings to U.S. law enforcement and public service markets.
With a new generation of light single-engine helicopters on the horizon, continued strong demand for twins and aggressive fleet replacement plans worldwide, the rarefied rotorcraft market is “approaching capacity,” according to the annual new helicopter delivery forecasts being released here today by Honeywell (Booth No. 2137) and Rolls-Royce (Booth No. 1917).
Banyan Air Service recently completed its first major avionics modification on
Garmin last month notified distributors that it has decided to discontinue production of the GNS 480 GPS/navcom receiver after a significant decline in sales of the WAAS-capable product as more customers migrate toward the Garmin GNS 430W/530W line of WAAS units. Garmin acquired the GNS 480 product when it purchased the assets of UPS Aviation Technologies in 2003.
Honeywell has obtained TSO authorization for the new Bendix/King KI 825 EHSI (electronic horizontal situation indicator) for business aircraft. The three-inch display weighs three pounds and is fully sunlight-readable, said Honeywell.