Gone West: Avionics Pioneer Edward J. King, Jr. | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.20.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.21.17

Airborne 11.22.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 11.20.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.21.17

Airborne 11.22.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Thu, Jun 07, 2012

Gone West: Avionics Pioneer Edward J. King, Jr.

King Radio Corporation Developed A Broad Range Of GA Radios And Other Innovations

Edward J. King Jr, a pioneer in the avionics industry and the founder of King Radios, passed away June 3rd at the age of 90.

King had humble beginnings. He was born on his parents' farm near Jetmore, KS on August 8, 1921. King graduated from Hodgeman County Community High School and attended Dodge City Junior College before enrolling as an engineering student at Kansas State University. After graduating from college in 1943, King took a job on the East Coast with RCA, designing aircraft radio equipment for the U.S. Navy. He soon returned to the Midwest, and in 1948, he founded his first company, Communications Accessories Corporation (CAC), which in 1956 was purchased by Collins Radio Corporation (now Rockwell Collins).

King remained CAC's president until 1959, when he left to found King Radio Corporation, a fledgling company that he started in his basement, and then moved into a farmhouse in the Kansas City suburb of Lenexa, KS. Eventually, the company employed thousands of workers who developed and produced world-class navigation and communication equipment for all types of general aviation aircraft, from piston-powered airplanes to business jets. King Radio products were installed on numerous notable aircraft, including Burt Rutan's Voyager, which in 1986 became the first airplane to circumnavigate the globe on a single tank of fuel.

In 1985, King sold King Radio to Allied Signal/Bendix Aerospace and retired. However, in 1991 he joined with his son, Ed King III and other family members in another entrepreneurial venture: the founding of the King Estate Winery near Eugene, OR. The company has since grown to be become one of Oregon's largest wineries.

In 2003, NBAA's Board of Directors recognized King's accomplishments by presenting him with a special NBAA First Century of Flight Award, which recognized his significant contributions to the advancement of aviation since the advent of powered flight more than 100 years ago. In 1988, King was recognized with NBAA's Meritorious Service to Aviation Award for his lifelong dedication to the industry. "Ed King was one of the most important figures in the development of modern avionics," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "His vision and entrepreneurial spirit helped establish and advance the state of the art for onboard electronics."

Ed King, Jr. is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn G. King, his son Ed King III (Jodee), daughter Shelley King Theis, son William King, daughter Shannon Young, son Ronald Innes (Michelle) and granddaughters, grandsons, and a great grandson. He was predeceased by his brother and sisters, his wife Mary Jo McHargue King, daughter Ann Katherine King, and grandson Michael Lane Thomas. Funeral arrangements are pending. (Ed King pictured in 2002 photograph)

FMI: www.nbaa.org

Advertisement

More News

ANN Wishes Our Readers, Listeners And Viewers A VERY Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Yes... We Will Be On A Holiday Schedule For The Rest Of Week As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN >[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 11.21.17: Resolute Eagle UAS, Aerotain Skye, Novus Unmanned 17

Also: Mars Drone, ASTM Drones Standards, Huerta Reflects On His Tenure, UAS Delivers Acceptance Letters On Nov. 8, PAE ISR’s Resolute Eagle UAS completed its first commercial>[...]

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17: Drone Registration, Drone Journalists Jailed

Also: Terror Advisory, DRL Sim, SureFly Octocopter, Space Needle Drone Pilot, FAI-ASFC World Fly-In Expo A bill that includes a return to civilian drone registration has been inclu>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17: Drone Registration, AT&T's Flying COW, Pilot Charged

Also: Boeing Completes Acquisition, Drones For LAFD, DJI Seeks Transport Canada’s Help, Uber and NASA A defense authorization bill that includes a return to civilian drone re>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 11.21.17: Resolute Eagle UAS, Aerotain Skye, Novus Unmanned 17

Also: Mars Drone, ASTM Drones Standards, Huerta Reflects On His Tenure, UAS Delivers Acceptance Letters On Nov. 8, PAE ISR’s Resolute Eagle UAS completed its first commercial>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC