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BendixKing turned a lot of heads at Sun ’n Fun with the in­tro­duc­tion of the xVue Touch pri­mary flight dis­play for Ex­per­i­men­tal air­craft — but not for the rea­son you might ex­pect. The ques­tion asked by many show­go­ers was when a ver­sion for cer­ti­fied air­planes will be of­fered. The an­swer? Very soon. Billed as a low-cost al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional six-pack in­stru­ments, the unit fea­tures a vi­brant “near-4K-res­o­lu­tion” dis­play and is packed with tech­nol­ogy bor­rowed from the cer­ti­fied mar­ket. BendixKing says the new prod­uct is a “pow­er­ful and in­tu­itive touch-screen flight dis­play built with su­pe­rior crafts­man­ship, at a very af­ford­able price.”

The dis­play is avail­able now for Ex­per­i­men­tal air­planes for a list price of $5,499. A com­ing ver­sion of the dis­play for cer­ti­fied air­planes called AeroVue Touch will re­tail for $12,590.

The xVue Touch 10.1-inch dis­play comes stan­dard with Honey­well’s SmartView syn­thetic-vi­sion sys­tem, a ver­ti­cal sit­u­a­tion dis­play that shows flight path over ter­rain and has the abil­ity to dis­play ADS-B weather. The touch dis­play uses in­frared tech­nol­ogy for ex­cep­tional ac­cu­racy and works even for pi­lots wear­ing gloves.

“The xVue Touch re­in­forces our com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy that pro­vides pi­lots with the best value for their money to move up to a glass cock­pit,” said Gregg Co­hen, pres­i­dent of BendixKing. “From op­ti­miz­ing but­ton sizes to max­i­miz­ing touch­screen ac­cu­racy to mak­ing any func­tion reach­able in un­der four touches, we’ve de­vel­oped tech­nol­ogy that is so­phis­ti­cated and easy to use for Ex­per­i­men­tal air­craft own­ers.”

The dis­play in­ter­faces with com­pet­ing nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems, and uses Wi-Fi to up­date the databases, charts and sys­tem soft­ware “in less than 10 min­utes.”

In­cluded with xVue Touch are free fu­ture soft­ware up­dates, which will in­clude en­gine in­di­ca­tors, ra­dio in­for­ma­tion and au­topi­lot con­trol, BendixKing says.

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