Gould Out As BendixKing President
AVweb has confirmed that Kevin Gould is no longer the president of BendixKing. Staff members were told Gould had "moved on to other opportunities" at a meeting Monday, according to an employee AVweb spoke with briefly who was at the meeting. Exact circumstances of Gould's departure could not be confirmed by our deadline on Tuesday. Gould was hired in 2012 to reinvigorate BendixKing in the general aviation and light business aircraft market. The iconic company was once the brand leader in the avionics industry but it lost significant ground to Garmin, Avidyne and Aspen Avionics in the wholesale shift to glass cockpits. Gould was hired to stop the decline and turn the fortunes of the still-respected but struggling brand.
Gould was essentially given a clean-sheet start at a new standalone BendixKing facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to resurrect the company. The first offering from the new iteration of the company was the myWingMan tablet app, which met a lukewarm response. It was discontinued in March of 2014. The company also got its retrofit FMS, the KSN770, certified in 2014 in a collaboration with Aspen. The company also released an angle-of-attack indicator and ADS-B compliant Mode S transponder in 2013. It's not clear what Gould's departure signals for the future of the company but we're expecting more details in coming days.
Our earlier story said the KSN770 went to market in 2013. It was not certified by the FAA until mid-2014.