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Mon, Apr 04, 2011

The End Of An Era: Narco Shuts Down

Company Ceases Ops After 65 Years of Service To GA

We can't say the news is a surprise as we all know that the economy is still in a state of significant turmoil and the avionics world, after all, is a tough one even in the best of times. Still; it's a sad sign of the times when a name that we all grew up with, as pilots, finally Goes West.

Narco Avionics has shut down... ending a 65 year run that saw it work as a major player in the avionics industry for a number of decades and then slowly but surely fade away.

The Narco Avionics website says little, simply noting that, "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret to inform you that after over 65 years in business, Narco Avionics, Inc. has closed. A trustee will be appointed shortly to oversee liquidation of assets and assure return of Customer's property, such as Customer's Radios sent to Narco for service, as soon as possible. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this causes and thank all loyal Narco Customers, around the world, for their loyalty over all of these years! Please monitor this web site as informational updates will be provided as soon as possible."

Narco had made a number of attempts at a comeback over the years, but a lack of funds and a far more competitive development environment made their aspirations unlikely. One of their recent and more successful collaborations was with XCOM, but Michael Coates tells ANN that the shut-down should have no impact on their operations.

A Time Gone By --
The Narco Omnigator

Narco was a significant presence in GA cockpits as I was working my way up the ranks as a new pilot back in the 70s... and while their gear has become rarer over the years, the company leaves a significant legacy... I hate to see them go. -- Jim Campbell, ANN E-I-C



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