Aftermarket LCD Upgrade Coming to PC-12s

 - January 8, 2007, 7:09 AM

Universal Avionics and Kansas City Aviation Center have teamed to develop a three-screen LCD upgrade for the Pilatus PC-12. Marketed as a replacement for the turboprop single’s Bendix/King EFIS 40 cockpit with five-inch displays, the Universal EFI-890R avionics system will include a pair of primary displays and a multifunction display, each measuring 8.9 inches diagonally. Priced at about $300,000, the STC’d package will offer provisions for synthetic vision, e-charts, datalink weather, TAWS, color video and other features. Flight testing is expected to be completed by the end of June. Kansas City Aviation Center in Olathe, Kan., will be the STC holder. The upgrade will be available for retrofit to existing PC-12s or for installation in new airplanes before final delivery. Pilatus Aircraft officials declined comment about whether the Universal package will be offered as a factory option.