Meggitt Avionics said yesterday that it is offering dealers a pre-certification sales initiative for combined orders for its Magic electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) and Magic 2100 autopilot. By placing a program order during the STC phase for a specific aircraft, dealers will be assigned a production slot giving them a priority production and shipping position.
Meggitt Avionics is to provide its Magic electronic flight information system (EFIS) as part of a retrofit program for the Raytheon King Air C90 twin-turboprop. The new generation avionics suite will also be based on Honeywell’s Bendix/King KFC 250 three-axis autopilot. Available as options will be Honeywell’s IHAS 8000 integrated hazard avoidance system and datalink weather system.
Seeking to establish a firmer foothold in the avionics retrofit market, Meggitt last month introduced a new digital flight control system for older turboprops. Developed as part of a broader collaborative effort with subsidiary S-TEC in Mineral Wells, Texas, the new Magic 2100 DFCS is intended for operators of Twin Commanders, King Airs and Cessna Conquests equipped with aging autopilots no longer supported by OEMs.
UK aerospace and defense firm Cobham’s decision to buy autopilot maker S-Tec from Meggitt for $38 million could signal the emergence of a revitalized competitor in the market for integrated GA avionics systems.
UK aerospace and defense firm Cobham yesterday announced an agreement to purchase autopilot maker S-Tec from Meggitt for $38 million. S-Tec’s Mineral Wells, Texas operation and its workforce of 180 employees will be added to Cobham’s portfolio of avionics businesses in North America, which also includes Chelton Flight Systems, Wulfsburg, NAT and Artex.
Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS) makes its official debut at the NBAA show this week as the new, expanded wheels-and-brakes division of the UK-based aerospace systems group. Meggitt is also showcasing new sensor technology here in Atlanta.
French-based startup company Price Induction, here on Stand A7 in Hall 3, on the eve of the show announced that its small engine, the DGEN 380, has completed its first test phase and reached the target maximum thrust. The 560-pound-thrust turbofan has run some 50 hours on its indoor test bed in Tarnos, in the southwest of the country. Its designers have started it 1,200 times in seven months.
Meggitt Avionics is displaying its secondary flight display system, secondary flight display repeater and magnetometer here at its stand (Hall 2B Stand L13A). The company reported it has recently received a $20 million, nine-year contract to supply the system, including spares and support, for the Apache Longbow.
A sustained program of corporate integration and investment in manufacturing and customer support is giving Meggitt greater focus and a more strategic position in the aerospace and defense markets. The UK-based group has long had a reputation for market-leading technology, but has arguably not fully exploited the synergies among its diverse product groups.
Stockholders approved the merger of White Plains, N.Y.-based K&F Industries Holdings, makers of aircraft brake and fuel components, and avionics manufacturer Meggitt-USA of Simi Valley, Calif., last month. Soon after the announcement, K&F said the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division requested more information about the merger.