NBAA Convention News

InSight Upgrade STC for Hawker 800 Adds Skytrac D150 SDU

 - October 20, 2022, 8:41 AM

Southeast Aerospace (SEA, Booth 4491) plans to offer Skytrac Systems’ DL150 satellite data unit (SDU) as an optional addition to its Universal Avionics InSight flight deck upgrade for the Hawker 800 series. The InSight upgrade will incorporate full datacom capabilities with the DL150, an Iridium Next satellite receiver with pole-to-pole coverage that will meet the requirements of future air navigation system (FANS 1/A+) and long-range FANS 1/A+ oceanic connectivity. 

Skytrac’s SDU is a TSO-159bapproved unit that meets AC20-140B guidance for any aircraft that needs to be FANS 1/A+ compliant. SEA began working with Universal Avionics earlier this year to offer the InSight integrated flight deck aboard the Hawker 800 series, and the upgrade is on track to receive FAA certification in the first quarter of 2023.

“The Hawker 800s have been mostly left alone from major retrofits across their whole lifespan,” said Luke Gomoll, aircraft modifications expert at Southeast Aerospace. “This upgrade enables the flight crew the use of digital departure clearances and take advantage of the FANS 1/A+ tracks in oceanic airspace which directly translates into reduced time in the air and a reduction of the overall operating costs of the aircraft.”