Universal lands EFI-890R on Hawker 700B

 - September 24, 2008, 4:54 AM

Universal Avionics has landed a deal with Hawker Beechcraft to provide flat-panel glass display and flight management system upgrades in the Hawker 700B. The retrofit package will replace existing flight and engine analog instruments with Universal’s UNS-1Fw FMS units, EFI-890R flat-panel displays and application server units (ASU) linked to UCDT-III electronic-flight-bag displays.

A 22-week initial installation program began at the end of June at Hawker Beechcraft’s Chester, England facility to identify potential installation hurdles in the Hawker model, first introduced in the late 1970s.

Formerly known as Raytheon Aircraft Services Ltd. before the sale of Raytheon Aircraft to outside investors, the UK Hawker Beechcraft service center also houses the manufacturer’s international sales headquarters, which will be partly responsible for marketing the cockpit upgrade to Hawker 700B operators.

Universal has found success in the retrofit market after entering the cockpit upgrade arena in a big way in 2002 with an STC program for the Falcon 50.

Since then, the Tucson, Ariz. avionics maker has brought its EFI-890R display package to more than a dozen business jet and turboprop models, more recently through Stevens Aviation’s Learjet 30-series upgrade program called Lear4Ever.

Universal’s Vision 1 synthetic-vision system– the first to be certified in a Part 25 airplane–is the only of its kind offered for retrofit into large business jets, and that’s a big part of the allure of the EFI-890R system for those who are considering it.
The technology allows the pilot to see a computer-generated rendering of the terrain ahead of the airplane on the PFD while the EFI-890R’s nav display provides a view of the aircraft, flight plan and terrain from a position situated behind, above and to the right of the aircraft.

Another draw for operators mulling cockpit upgrade choices is Universal’s line of satnav-capable flight management systems.

The FAA has issued a Part 25 STC for the FMSs to enable WAAS and SBAS (wide area and space-based augmentation systems) on Bombardier Challenger 600s, 601s and 601-3Rs. The product line includes the UNS-1Lw, UNS-1Ew, UNS-1Espw and UNS-1Fw, all of which are now available for business, commercial and regional aircraft, according to the company. In addition to being capable of Lnav/Vnav (lateral navigation with vertical guidance) approaches, the FMSs can be used to fly the new LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) approaches in properly approved airplanes.