Avionics Report

October 1998 Issue

Radical or Retro?

The avionics crystal ball reveals no easy answers.

We are poised at another fork in the technological road. Not the information superhighway, but that lonely back road taken by the avionics industry as it tries to find its way from the last generation to the next success.

Taking the correct fork means profits, security and fame. The wrong choice will mean obscurity and ruin. In avionics, King Radio and S-Tec chose correctly, Bertea and Logue mis-calculated.

Aircraft owners, of course, must navigate the same fork. Choose correctly, and you’ll equip your airplane wisely at least for the mid-term future.

Choose wrong and you may suffer that unique sinking feeling that comes from having your avionics tech cover the phone and say “He...

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