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BendixKing’s AeroVue cock­pit is the lat­est to re­ceive FAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in the Beechcraft King Air 200, bring­ing “busi­ness jet tech­nol­ogy and func­tion­al­ity” to the twin tur­bo­prop’s cock­pit. We vis­ited BendixKing’s test cen­ter in Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico, to put that claim to the test and came away im­pressed. The AeroVue cock­pit for the King Air is a wor­thy com­peti­tor from a com­pany that’s clearly fo­cused on re­gain­ing a lead­er­ship po­si­tion in the mar­ket.

The AeroVue in­te­grated avionics pack­age is sim­i­lar in form and func­tion to the Apex glass cock­pit in the Pi­la­tus PC-12 NG tur­bo­prop sin­gle, which pi­lots have been rav­ing about since its in­tro­duc­tion.

The AeroVue sys­tem in­cor­po­rates three high-res­o­lu­tion 12-inch LCDs fea­tur­ing Honey­well’s SmartView syn­thetic-vi­sion sys­tem. AeroVue also in­cludes a full flight man­age­ment sys­tem and HUD-like sym­bol­ogy on the pri­mary flight dis­play. The flight deck in­cludes an ex­cel­lent cur­sor con­trol de­vice mounted on the cen­ter con­sole next to an al­phanu­meric key­pad.

The AeroVue sys­tem weighs 125 pounds less than cur­rently in­stalled equip­ment, al­low­ing King Air B200 own­ers to carry more pay­load. All the avionics boxes are mounted in the nose rather than be­hind the panel for ease of main­te­nance.

Price is com­pet­i­tive with the King Air G1000 retro­fit cock­pit from Garmin, with a fly-away price pre­dicted at be­tween $300,000 and $425,000, de­pend­ing on what op­tions the buyer picks.

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