EBACE Convention News

Duncan Intros FANS Resources

 - May 20, 2013, 4:00 AM
The Duncan Aviation upgrade of the Falcon 900B cockpit carries a new avionics suite from Universal Avionics.

The Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) evolution is at the center of virtually every discussion about flying these days, and Duncan Aviation (Booth 327) is featuring FANS resources and expert advice throughout the three days of the EBACE show.

Duncan Aviation’s FANS resources include a four-part video on understanding FANS, an e-book download addressing FANS 1/A and, also available for download, a FANS 1/A webinar. The resources also explain controller-pilot data link and automatic dependent surveillance contract (ADS-C) and how they operate.

According to the Lincoln, Nebraska-based aviation services provider, FANS authority Justin Vena was instrumental in development of the resources, along with an avionics team from Duncan. Vena is available to visitors at the Duncan exhibit.

Also being featured at EBACE 2013 is the partnership of Duncan and Universal Avionics for installation and certification of a major cockpit upgrade for Dassault’s Falcon 900B.

The certification will be obtained through Duncan’s organization delegated authority (ODA). A supplemental type certificate on the 900B is expected this summer, and EASA approval is expected by the end of 2013. The company claims to be actively searching for a European launch customer.

The cockpit upgrade replaces 25 older instruments and is expected to “significantly improve reliability and situational awareness.” The avionics suite will have five high-resolution Universal EFI-890R LED backlit LCD displays, including engine indication, all replacing the old analog gauges.

Dual Universal UNS-1Fw flight management systems will provide wide-area augmentation system/localizer performance with vertical guidance (WAAS/SBAS/LPA) capabilities at initial certification and are ADS-B capable.

Dual Vision-1 computers will provide synthetic vision and dual application server units for on-side charts and graphical weather. In addition, data link for FANS operations will be available. The solution also provides the capacity for video checklists and more.

“This is an exciting upgrade that offers the capabilities that operators have been asking for, as well as enhanced safety and reduced operational costs,” said Duncan senior avionics sales representative Gary Harpster. “When combined with the Universal FMS, the 800 series Unilink system assists operators in complying with upcoming data link mandates such as FANS1A+ and Link 2000+.”