TKM Avionics has developed a direct slide-in replacement for the King KX155/165 series of NAV/COM radios. The company expects first deliveries this summer.
“These 8.33 kHz EASA-compliant radios are compatible with both 14- or 28-volt aircraft and are direct plug-and-play replacements that are affordable and simple to install and use,” noted Ken Beckemeyer, TKM’s president and CEO. “They feature all-digital technology and are software-based so they can be easily upgraded as well.”
[contextly_auto_sidebar] The newest addition to TKM Avionics’ line of upgraded retrofit radios features active/standby flip-flop, alphanumeric touch point displays and a high sensitivity tuner with improved output quality, according to company officials. Designed to be owner-installable, it will fit and interface with existing equipment in the panel.
The unit is equipped with a Master volume knob, but the Nav and Com volumes can also be adjusted separately. Frequency memory with user-defined channel codes for both Nav and Com, automatic and manual brightness controls and graph displays for volume, digital squelch, brightness and transmit level adjustments will also reduce the pilot’s workload.
Safety is enhanced with built-in over-temp mitigation, improved transient protection, 10 watt minimum output power and integrated Faults page including evaluation of antenna and cable health.
Rick Cohen says
That second picture is in bad lighting, that’s why it looks better.
That bezel, looks like something you make in your garage! The knobs, look like they are protruding half way through the bezel.
The operation is cumbersome
I personally don’t think touch screens belong in the cockpit, finger prints show up all the time, Florida sun glare off that screen will be tough. Does the glass have an AR coating? There is nothing wrong buttons
Herb Harney says
No word about certification or STC?
Joe Braddock says
Is that a real picture of the unit?
Richard H says
From that picture it looks like it is installed at a display behind an aluminum panel at Sun ‘N’ Fun. TKM’s website offers no additional info (actual picture, price, etc.), their “picture” is a drawing & “Available” is misspelled. I did find a better picture at www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/general-aviation/2017-04-05/tkm-avionics-offers-replacement-king-navcom-radios , which looks like another display at Sun ‘N’ Fun.
Sorry for the off-site link.
Joe Braddock says
Thanks for the info. That picture looks a lot better. Thanks again.