NEW ORLEANS, La. – James Temple of Temple Electronics in Arcola, Texas and avionics company Garmin were honored Monday morning as the Aircraft Electronics Association Member and Associate Member of the Year, respectively at the 65th Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual international convention and trade show in New Orleans.
James Temple: AEA Member of the Year
Temple runs Temple Avionics, which was founded in 1973 by James’ father, Marshall. James Temple began working with his father when he was 13 years old and continued to work in the family business throughout high school.
In her twenties, Temple took training courses offered by Honeywell, BendixKing and Universal Avionics. His skill set included bench work nav/coms and autopilots for airplanes and other avionics. In the 1980s he began to take over the day-to-day operations of the business, and in 1993 he took over the business full-time when Marshall retired.
Temple accepted the award at the AEA awards show held Monday morning before the new product introduction session. In addition to providing avionics sales, service, and installation for a variety of aircraft, Temple Avionics also contributes to the aviation community by sponsoring the Marshall Temple Scholarship through the AEA Education Foundation.
Garmin: AEA Associate of the Year
For many pilots, the name Garmin is synonymous with aviation GPS. The GPS navigation giant was established in 1989 and is located in Olathe, Kansas.
Garmin is known for its cockpit technology which has been used in automotive, marine and aeronautical means of transportation. Garmin has also entered the outdoor and fitness market.
The company has developed several safety-enhancing technologies, including Garmin Autoland, a certified autonomous system designed to allow emergency landing without human intervention at the push of a button.
The system, which won Garmin the 2020 Robert J. Collier Trophy and the 2021 Trophy FLYING Innovation Award, was developed to be activated in case of pilot incapacitation – a passenger can press the button and save the day.
In the summer of 2021, Garmin continued to develop its safety-enhancing technology with Smart Glide, a system designed for single-engine aircraft that, when paired with compatible avionics, such as GTN-series navigators Xi, provides assistance to the pilot who suffered an uncommanded flight. loss of engine power by recommending a suitable airport that is believed to be within glide range. Additionally, Smart Glide provides critical information to the pilot and optimizes certain avionics parameters to reduce pilot workload in a high stress situation.
Garmin is known for its service and support, and no less than 15 Garmin team members took to the stage to accept the award. The company, which has been an AEA member since 1990, is an event sponsor at the AEA International Convention & Trade Show as well as AEA Connect conferences held throughout the year.
Garmin also contributes to the AEA Silent Auction and scholarships offered by the AEA Educational Foundation.