The general aviation avionics revolution of the past decade has
radically transformed aircraft cockpits, bringing a wealth of
information to pilots and dramatically enhancing situational
This technology transformation has been paired with a
redistribution of market shares, with Garmin replacing Bendix
King as the undisputed market leader. “In fewer than ten years,
Garmin has transformed general aviation. While initially
leveraging its innovative GPS technology, Garmin was able to
progressively migrate into all avionics segments with radical
designs setting new standards across the board,” said Michel
Merluzeau, G2 Solutions’ Managing Partner.
While Garmin controls well over 50% of the forward fit market,
the company will need to fend off increasing competition from
Honeywell Bendix King, L-3 and Chelton Flight Systems.
“Honeywell’s Primus Apex is an impressive product, but it is
positioned to meet the needs of higher end aircraft such as the
PC-12 and TBMs for example” says Merluzeau. “’Chelton Flight
Systems is equally impressive, as is L-3 Smartdeck’s, however we
are still reserved about L-3’s market short term outlook at this
Acquisitions will continue to intensify with innovative
solutions proposed by Aspen Avionics and Vertical Power likely
to rapidly attract significant interest from established
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