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Wed, Jun 18, 2008

Aero-TV: Honeywell's KFD 840 Gets Ready To Take Flight

Another Avionics Powerhouse Gets Serious About GA Glass

The Glass Panel game is a popular one... and filled with extremely aggressive competitors with exciting products... but with nearly all the cards on the table, EFIS-wise, all eyes turn to Honeywell/Bendix-King... and the "other shoe" that they are about to drop.

With Industry innovators like Avidyne, Chelton and Garmin in the competition and some novel new players like Aspen coming hot and heavy on to the scene, Honeywell has a tough road ahead... but then again, they ARE Honeywell.

The Aero-TV two-part look into the Honeywell Glass Panel equation starts with a good look at the KFD 840 (with the equally intriguing KSN 770 to follow). The KFD 840 Primary Flight Display offers Part 23 piston aircraft an 8.4" display including ADI, Air Data, and HSI display. Integrated ADC and AHRS are included.

The KFD 840 is designed to be 'an affordable replacement option for all the analog instruments in the steam gauge “six pack.” It can complement other systems or be used as a standalone Primary Flight Display for Bendix/King’s new line of avionics including the similarly styled KSN 770 Next Generation GPS/NAV/COMM. It is designed to integrate with common autopilots including the Bendix/King KFC line and common Nav and GPS systems including all KSN and KLN products.

Other features include:

  • Large, 8.4-inch LCD fits easily into the space traditionally occupied by steam gauges
  • Internal Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) with remote magnetometer
  • Weight & Balance and Checklist
  • Optional engine instrument monitoring
  • Full TSO on display and the ADAHRS subsystem
  • Standard interface to KAP-140, KFC-150/200/225 Autopilots
  • Interface to Nav systems: KX-155/165, Garmin GNS-430/530/SL30
  • Optional external battery backup
  • Architecture for future engine monitoring features
  • Preliminary dimensions for the KFD 840 are 8.0"W x 6.75"H x 5.0"D.

List price for the system is reportedly less than $20K. 

Join Aero-TV For A Guided Tour Of The KFD 840!

About Aero-TV: It's DEFINITELY Show Time!!!!

OK, folks, so far, so good... earlier this year we initiated the first feature programming series for Aero-TV... we decided to take it slow, but we also tried a steady approach to building the aviation world's most innovative news and information service. We hope you understand that this is the most complex media program we've ever undertaken and what you're seeing is just the tip of the iceberg... but from here on out, we will be doing our best to educate, inform, and entertain YOU about all aspects of the exciting worlds of aviation and aerospace. 

And yes, there is MUCH MORE to come... and soon.

If you've been an observer of the media and associated media industries over the last few years, it's not hard to mistake the fact that a massive revolution is taking place. Old sources for news and information are falling by the wayside, having to change their modus operandi or risk obsolescence (or extinction). Electronic media and print media are both under the assault of progress, and the online world has been a cornerstone for revolutionary change.

Part of this amazing process is the fact that we're been building and planning a massive new organization within ANN. That said, we're hiring talented new people as fast as we can find them (a far more difficult task than we had imagined -- REALLY good people are hard to find), and we're brainstorming at speeds that would make a deorbiting Space Shuttle feel like a slug. Suffice it to say that we wanted to do this right, rather than right-now, and that the development of this program has been the most carefully pursued undertaking we've ever undertaken. 

E-I-C Note: The complete feature shown above is embedded in this story, with most of the slick and useful functionality otherwise available on the main Aero-TV site (which will be upgraded aggressively over the next few weeks). The ability to embed a video on another web page is but one of the hundreds of amazing little features that we've worked hard on, for many months now, to implement in different phases of the initial release of Aero-TV. It is, BY NO MEANS, the only way to enjoy unaltered Aero-TV programming on other parts of the web... as we have extensive plans for future functionality, but this feature allows those with an interest in a specific Aero-TV News or Feature program to embed it on a different web site, though we must note that we reserve the right to forbid such use for those sites or purposes that we do not feel fit in with the proper mission of the Aero-News Network, Inc.  

Webmasters or Administrators of well-trafficked aviation or aerospace related sites, are welcome to contact the Publisher to start conversations on how they may be able to leverage some of the immense power of Aero-TV programming for their sites and constituency by clicking the I Want Aero-TV For MY Website! link.

Coming Soon!

Aero-TV Presents Takes A GOOD Look At Honeywell's KFD840 and KNS770!, Checks Out the Cirrus SR20, Seeing What It Takes to "Compete" As An AMT, Looks At The FAA FAASTeam Program, Updates On The Garmin 495, Flying The Piper Matrix, Gets Some GREAT Rotax Lessons, Gets Updated On ALL Things Lopresti, Has A FUN Chat With Corkey Fornof, Sees What Happens When AMTs Compete, Checks Out The Ltest in Life-Raft Technologies, Checks Out More "HIGH" Tech at I/ITSEC 2007, Hears From AOPA On Critical Aviation Issues, Spills Some Juicy (and HIGHLY Detailed) Cirrus G3 Info, Scores A BUNCH of LSA Reports, and SO MUCH MORE!!!!! Do NOT Miss Them!

FMI: www.bendixking.com, www.aero-tv.netI Want Aero-TV For MY Website!, I'd Like To Join The ANN/Aero-TV Team!!!, www.youtube.com/aerotvnetwork

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