TKM Avionics announced an expansion of its lineup of owner-installed replacement radios, which by summer will include a slide-in replacement for BendixKing KX155/165 models.
The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company has shipped more than 37,000 replacement radios since 1968, building a product line that appeals to owners seeking a lower-cost path to radio upgrades that bring new features and functions to legacy aircraft. The KX155/165 replacement was announced at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida.
The company has not set a price for the latest addition to the model line, though existing models range in price from $1,750 (for the MX11 COMM radio, a replacement for the Narco COM 11 and similar models) to $3,500 for the MX12 NAV/COMM, another Narco replacement. The MX170C NAV/COMM, a BendixKing KX170 replacement, is priced at $2,975 on the company website.
Designed to be installed by the owner, each TKM slide-in replacement radio is designed to interface with existing equipment with “plug and play” ease, the company said in a news release. Beckemeyer said FAA regulations allow an owner/operator to complete the installation.
“Operators can literally remove the old unit and plug in the new ones themselves, make a quick notation in the logbook, and get back into the air in a matter of minutes,” Beckemeyer said.