Esterline showcases its latest pilot interface products at Paris Air Show in Hall 5 on Stand C250. Featured among several of its brands will be a recently released selection of KORRY 389 5/8in LED switches configured as annunciators for ADS-B global positioning system (GPS) transceivers.
These quick-ship KORRY ADS-B annunciators will be of particular interest to aircraft operators facing the ADS-B Out deadline of January 2020 mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). KORRY 389 switches are a OEM switch solution for a lot of aerospace platforms. Under the FAA rule, ADS-B Out will be required for aircraft operating in Class A, B and C airspace, in certain Class E airspace at or above 10,000ft and around busy airports identified in 14 CFR part 91, Appendix D.
In related news, the company has been awarded a five-year contract to supply its KORRY-branded control devices to Rossell Techsys for final assembly into control panels for the Boeing AH-64E APACHE military attack helicopter programme. Based in Bangalore, India, Rossell Techsys is the Aerospace and Defence Division of Rossell India Limited. It is an AS-9100 and Boeing-certified build-to-print manufacturer that was named a 2015 Boeing Supplier of the Year award winner.
Previously, Esterline supplied KORRY switches and control knobs to Boeing directly for these AH-64 panels, but as part of a Boeing initiative, the panels will now be built in India. The KORRY parts, manufactured in Everett, WA/USA, will be shipped to Rossell Techsys, who in turn will deliver complete panel assemblies to Boeing's facility in Mesa, AZ/USA for new production and remanufacture of AH-64E helicopters. In addition to the switches and knobs provided earlier, Esterline will now also deliver KORRY 5/8in magnetic latch switches, which can be actuated, locked and released remotely from other control units in the cockpit.
Furthermore, Esterline will supply distributor Triman Industries with its KORRY-branded press-to-test indicators for resale to the Defense Logistic Agency (DLA), the US Department of Defense's combat logistics support agency. The DLA will be restocking its inventory with a multi-year supply of the KORRY indicators, critical components for master-caution assemblies in the F-16 cockpit. Esterline has supplied KORRY switching and display products and other human-machine interface solutions for the F-16 multirole fighter since the inception of the programme. Triman Industries is a specialised distribution company providing military land, sea and air aftermarket products to the defense industry.
"Esterline has been a consistent supplier to the F-16 program since first production in the 1970s and over many upgrades," Rob Gibbs, President of Esterline's KORRY unit, said. "Our partnership with the highly regarded distributor Triman underscores our commitment to keep supporting this versatile aircraft, one of the most common in service, not only in the US armed forces but also in those of our allies worldwide."