The FAA’s recent decision to permit Waas LPV upgrades of Universal Avionics FMS equipment under a basic field approval instead of an aircraft-specific STC could benefit thousands of Part 25 business jet operators, even if they don’t fly with Universal gear. The change, adopted after months of back-and-forth meetings between the FAA and the Tucson, Ariz.
Satellite communications services reseller Satcom Direct last month announced it has sent and received AFIS/Acars datalink messages over the Inmarsat I-4 satellite constellation, marking a first for a satcom service provider. The messages were broadcast from a Global Express using Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom service in collaboration with the SITA datalink network.
Chicago Jet Group, located at Aurora Municipal Airport, has gained an STC for installing dual Universal Avionics UNS-1Fw and UNS-1Lw flight management systems in the Dassault Falcon 50. The STC includes approval for 3-D coupled Waas GPS (Rnav) and localizer performance with vertical guidance approaches (LPV).
Flight management systems have never been considered simple pieces of equipment, but the technology is quickly evolving beyond basic navigation and performance functionality to include a host of new capabilities that hold the promise of changing the way pilots fly for the better.
A number of WAAS LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) equipment approvals for business jets have been completed recently or will be finished soon as avionics manufacturers, installation centers and operators get serious about gaining the needed certifications to fly the GPS-based procedures.
A federal jury last month rejected a claim by Honeywell that Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif., violated its patents, ending more than six years of legal battles over terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) technology.
Lawyers for Universal Avionics, Sandel and Honeywell are scheduled to return to a Delaware federal courtroom this month in the companies’ long-running dispute over terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) patents.
What’s up with WAAS? That’s the question countless business jet pilots have been asking since the FAA announced plans to publish thousands of WAAS LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) approaches at U.S. airports while simultaneously making it difficult–or in some cases impossible–for operators to gain approval to fly the procedures.
Global Aviation recently installed dual Universal Avionics UNS-1Ew WAAS/SBAS-FMSs in an Astra light jet. This is the first certification approval for the WAAS/SBAS-FMS in an Astra and adds yet another platform for Universal’s WAAS/SBAS-enabled FMSs. The UNS-1Ew installation was approved for 3D-coupled WAAS GPS approaches, including localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) procedures.
Lawyers for Universal Avionics, Sandel and Honeywell are scheduled to return to a Delaware federal courtroom next month in the long-running dispute over terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) patents. A jury trial relating to three patent infringement claims made by Honeywell in 2002 is scheduled to begin on December 1.