Avionics Icon Ed King Dies At 90

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Avionics icon Ed King, who in the 1950s started King Radio in his basement, has died at age 90. Ed King once set the standard for which all general aviation avionics were judged. King eventually moved his King Radio business to a farmhouse in Lenexa, Kan., and then began an impressive run of innovative avionics products including the venerable KX170-series nav comm.

Ed eventually sold King Radio to Allied Signal Aerospace in 1985 but the Bendix/King division thrived and became part of Honeywell Aerospace. Honeywell recently announced a renewed dedication to bringing the Bendix/King line back to the level it once enjoyed with fresh new products promised in the coming year.