Avionics Report

February 2010 Issue

Bendix-King KFD 840: An Unremarkable PFD

The KFD 840 performs well and offers some unique features, but it fails to distinguish itself in a crowded market.

We asked Dan Barks, Business Director for GA Operators and Dealers at Honeywell, why this was a good time for Honeywell to offer an aftermarket PFD. His response: "Honeywell has been refocusing on GA with the Bendix-King line. We have stack avionics, portables, but the missing product was a PFD." That PFD has arrived with the Bendix-King KFD 840. The 8.5x7x7.3-inch unit replaces the traditional six-pack with a display and functionality reminiscent of the older Avidyne Entegra PFDs. That’s not to say this is old technology—the hardware and display symbology is derived from Honeywell’s high-end Primus Epic cockpit suite—but the philosophy behind the KFD 840 is traditional: big PFD designed to play with navigators and an MFD on the center stack.

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