Air Transport World

King says avionics industry on upturn. (Edward J. King, Jr.)

Edward J. King, Jr., chairman and founder of the King Radio Corp. of Olathe, Kan., told ATW that despite the fact that the whole aerospace industry has been "traveling through some critical and traumatic times, the prospects for long-haul recovery of the avionics industry are very good. However, it's a new ball game and our traditional ways of doing business have been changing."

King believes it will be many more years before the total annual production of general aviation aircraft--which includes aircraft for the expanding commuter industry--will approach the 1970 total of 17,084 units (12,000 were single engine trainer types). The total for 1983 was 2,691 of all types and 3,245 are forecast for 1984; 2,200 of these will be single engine types.

King sees expansion of the more sophisticated avionics products making up for the loss of a basic avionics installed in small single-engined trainers, which represent 40% of the company's business. …

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