SAN­DEL AVILON

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San­del is at­tack­ing the King Air retro­fit mar­ket with a retro­fit cock­pit called Avilon that is un­usual for a few rea­sons, most no­tably its “guar­an­teed” in­stalled price of $175,000, well be­low the price of cock­pits from Garmin, Rock­well Collins and BendixKing.

The Avilon avionics sys­tem in­cludes four large LCD flight dis­plays, two smaller data-en­try touch­screens, ra­dios, flight man­age­ment com­put­ers, dual AHRS, au­dio panel, ADS-B-com­pli­ant Mode S transpon­der, and flight di­rec­tor/au­topi­lot (mi­nus the au­topi­lot ser­vos, which are re­tained).

That’s a lot of fea­tures for not a lot of dough. The price is piquing the in­ter­est of King Air 200 own­ers who have been quoted prices of close to $100,000 just for the la­bor to in­stall com­pet­ing sys­tems.

San­del Avionics pres­i­dent and CEO Gerry Block ex­plains that the in­stal­la­tion cost is pre­dicted to be so low be­cause the en­tire Avilon in­stru­ment panel is shipped to deal­ers as es­sen­tially one piece.

“It takes only about five days to in­stall our sys­tem, with 80 per­cent of the work be­ing re­moval of the old equip­ment,” he says.

The sys­tem is cur­rently fly­ing in a com­pany King Air 200 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion test bed, with cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ex­pected by this fall. San­del says it has part­nered with three deal­ers in the United States (Stevens Avi­a­tion, Cut­ter Avi­a­tion and Land­mark Avi­a­tion) and one in Canada (Rocky Moun­tain Air­craft), which have all agreed to honor the guar­an­teed $175,000 fly-away price.

“There are a lot of King Air cock­pit retro­fit choices, but very few peo­ple have been buy­ing them be­cause they are just too ex­pen­sive to jus­tify,” Block says. “We think this price and the ca­pa­bil­ity our cock­pit of­fers will get a lot of King Air op­er­a­tors off the fence.”

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