By Russ Niles, Editor-in-Chief
NARCO, an iconic company that started making avionics long before they were called avionics, has closed and is apparently in bankruptcy. The company, which started in 1945, has darkened its website except for one page, which contains this message: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret to inform you that after over 65 years in business, Narco Avionics, Inc. has closed. A trustee will be appointed shortly to oversee liquidation of assets and assure return of Customer's property, such as Customer's Radios sent to Narco for service, as soon as possible. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this causes and thank all loyal Narco Customers, around the world, for their loyalty over all of these years! Please monitor this web site as informational updates will be provided as soon as possible."
There are tens of thousands of NARCO radios in use around the world and NARCO also built hardware for other companies to sell under their own nameplates. Since the company is being liquidated, it raises the question of whether another avionics firm will snap it up or if it will be sold in bits and pieces, raising serious questions about future support of existing products.