Universal’s New Datalink System Approved
Universal Avionics announced at Heli-Expo ‘13 the recent completion of helicopter vibration testing and approval for its airborne datalink system, the UniLink UL-800/801 communications management unit (CMU), expanding the company’s line of products designed for the helicopter market. Attendees can view and operate the unit at the company’s exhibit (Booth No. C2401).
Specific vibration testing for rotorcraft is required above and beyond tests mandated for fixed-wing aircraft as per RTCA DO-160E, “Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment.” The UniLink UL-800/801 is an ACARS-compatible CMU that includes digital automatic terminal information service, pre-departure clearance, aircraft tracking, messaging, weather information and graphics. The system is also provisioned for the Aeronautical Telecommunications Network, providing a platform for future compliance with emerging datalink requirements.