Universal Avionics InSight Flight Deck STC’d, TSO'd

 - August 10, 2017, 12:10 PM
The Universal Avionics InSight Display System avionics suite is available in several configurations. (Photo: Universal Avionics)

The FAA has granted technical standard order authorization for the Universal Avionics InSight display system avionics suite and a supplemental type certificate for installation in the Cessna Citation VII. Universal is providing the STC for free to its authorized dealer and integrator network for installations that they perform, according to a company spokeswoman.

The InSight suite is available in a variety of configurations, including three or four of Universal’s 10.4-inch EFI-1040 displays and simple integration with the company’s SBAS-FMS and UniLink UL-800/801 communications management unit for upgrades to NextGen capabilities such as PBN, CPDLC, FANS 1/A+, Data Comm, ATN B1 and more.

InSight includes Universal’s next-generation synthetic vision with high-resolution terrain and ice and water features. InSight also offers embedded charts, radio control and display of broadcast weather. Pilots can customize the screen layouts and store multiple user profiles and configurations.

Universal has made installations simpler by embedding configuration options in the InSight open-architecture design, so it can easily interface with various autopilot types, weather radar systems, navcoms and air data systems. InSight runs on a high-speed Ethernet bus “that requires less wiring and fewer terminations for display-to-display communication and display control,” the company said. Installation options include a single speed/heading/altitude select controller or multiple separate heading/course and speed/altitude select controllers. And the EFIS control display unit consolidates multiple controllers for flight displays, FMS, radios, weather, traffic and terrain into a centralized “point and click” cursor control device.

“After an intense development and certification phase, I am excited to announce that we are now able to offer operators our state-of-the-art InSight display system,” said Dan Reida, Universal Avionics' vice president of sales and marketing. “Loaded with industry-leading features such as custom user profiles, high-resolution terrain with ice and water features, and advanced airport maps, runways, and special use airspace, [the device] adds value to almost any flight deck.”