Universal Avionics last month touted the addition of a WAAS-capable UNS-1Fw FMS in a Falcon 20. The installation, performed by Alternative Avionics in Waterford, Mich., adds to the list of airplanes certified to carry Universal’s WAAS FMS, which includes King Airs, Astras, Challengers and the Boeing 737. Universal last month also announced the receipt of an STC covering installation of an MFD-640 multifunction display in the Falcon 50.
Tucson, Ariz.-based Universal Avionics achieved a significant milestone last month, becoming the first company to certify a synthetic-vision system (SVS) for aircraft. It is a feat that some believe heralds a new era, not only for Universal, but also for aviation itself.
Tucson, Ariz.-based Universal Avionics announced receipt of a TSO certifying the company’s Universal Cockpit Display, a handheld tablet computer with an 8.4-in. touchscreen. At a list price of $33,500, the handheld device is more expensive than other electronic flight bags (EFB) on the market, but it has the advantage of interfacing directly with the airplane’s FMS.
Universal Avionics last month said it received an STC allowing installations of the company’s line of WAAS-capable FMS units in the Bombardier Challenger 600, 601 and 601-3R. Universal’s line of WAAS-ready flight management systems includes the UNS-1Lw, UNS-1Ew, UNS-1Espw and UNS-1Fw.
Technical standard orders for terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) have been revised as TSO C151b, which includes a new class-C category intended for voluntary installations on smaller aircraft not covered by the requirements for class-A and -B TAWS. In March 2005 class-A and -B TAWS are required in turbine aircraft with six or more passenger seats, with class-A systems intended for larger Part 91 airplanes and commercial aircraft.
The legal battle over EGPWS patents between Honeywell and competing manufacturers of TAWS avionics has stretched the limits of civil debate as executives on both sides of the imbroglio now find themselves locked in a war of rhetoric aimed at telling why the other side is wrong.
A five-display upgrade for the Falcon 50 has been STC’d, according to Universal Avionics, developer of the retrofit package.
Capital Aviation in Bethany, Okla., has completed installation of Universal Avionics’ EFI-890 EFIS, including elements of the Vision 1 synthetic-vision system, in a Gulfstream III, the installer announced last month. The cockpit retrofit included the addition of four eight- by nine-inch displays, a Universal terrain awareness and warning system and upgrades to the FMS.
• Goodrich accepted terms of a licensing agreement with Honeywell to settle a lawsuit in which Honeywell claimed that Goodrich infringed on EGPWS patents. The deal allows Goodrich to continue selling its own TAWS units while paying licensing fees to Honeywell. But Goodrich won’t keep its TAWS units much longer because the company last month agreed to sell its avionics business to L-3 Communications.
Elliott Aviation has received FAA STCs for installing Universal flat-panel integrated displays (FPIDs), Universal TAWS and Collins AHRS in Citation 550/560s. The Universal FPID STC replaces the standard Citation electromechanical or EFIS ADI and HSI flight instruments with Universal EFI-550 five-inch LCD FPIDs. Two-, three- or five-tube installation options are available.