Pioneer Instrument Company

The Pioneer Instrument Company was an American aircraft component manufacturer.

Pioneer Instrument Company
Founded1919 (1919) in Brooklyn, New York
United States
ParentBendix Corporation


The Pioneer Instrument Company was started by Morris Maxey Titterington and Brice Herbert Goldsborough in Brooklyn, New York in 1919 using patents from the Lawrence Sperry Aircraft Corporation.[2][3] Charles Herbert Colvin was the president. They specialized in aeronautical instruments including a bubble sextant and the Earth Inductor Compass. The company later acquired control of Brandis & Sons, Inc., in 1922, and Pioneer was later acquired by the Bendix Aviation Corporation in 1928.[4][failed verification] As the United States was entering World War II, the company became the Pioneer Instrument Division of Bendix Aviation, and moved to New Jersey. By 1943 it had merged with the Eclipse Machine Company to become the Eclipse-Pioneer Division of Bendix Aviation.

The Pioneer division did not survive the end of the Bendix Corporation in 1983.


A Pioneer bubble sextant



  1. ^ "Site: Eclipse-Pioneer Div. of Bendix Aviation Corp. (NJ.30 )". Department of Energy. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  2. ^ Dyruff, H. Francis (20 September 1936). "Great Men of Brooklyn Who Made History". Brooklyn Times Union. p. 7A. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Fate's Irony Sent Aircraft Safety Inventor to Doom". Brooklyn Daily Times. 12 July 1928. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  4. ^ Grover, T. Allen (September 1929). "The Monthly Financial Review". Aeronautics. Vol. 5, no. 3. p. 87. Retrieved 30 July 2021.


  • "Two World Flights Now Being Arranged". New York Times. 26 February 1930. p. 20. Retrieved 30 May 2021. Several long distance and overseas flights are being planned for the next few months, it was revealed yesterday in an announcement by Charles H. Colvin, president of the Pioneer Instrument Company, a unit in the Bendix Aviation Corporation.