Universal Avionics (UA) has launched its FlightPartner and FlightReview applications.

Universal Avionics releases EFB and Connected Avionics solution

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Universal Avionics (UA) has launched its FlightPartner and FlightReview applications.

Universal Avionics (UA) has launched its FlightPartner and FlightReview applications. Hosted on an iPad and initially connected to Universal’s WAAS/SBAS enabled Flight Management System (FMS) by introducing Wi-Fi enablement of existing equipment, these applications make possible comprehensive two-way interactions between the FMS and the apps, and between the tablet and UA’s cloud-based infrastructure for data analytics.

The applications will be available by the end of the first quarter of 2022 and represent the first step in UA’s goal of creating a connectivity enabled ecosystem across its avionics solutions.

The Connectivity Ecosystem brings to UA’s customers a connected, open and data centric environment to enhance mission preparedness on the ground, in the air, and post flight. Optimising day to day operations and maintenance, the ecosystem utilises a robust cyber secure, portable, and cloud-based platform to deliver avionics centric solutions and support services, including the use of a 3rd party applications and content.

“FlightPartner and FlightReview are UA’s early steps in a push towards the creation of a dynamic connectivity ecosystem, tying our various avionics systems to a suite of applications and expanded services that our customers will be able to use 24/7/365”, said Dror Yahav, Universal Avionics CEO. “After the initial deployment of the products we plan to introduce many others in the coming months and years to come”.

With FlightPartner, operators will be able to build, brief and file a complete flight plan on their tablet using a convivial graphical interface, upload it to the FMS upon aircraft power-up, and dynamically alter it throughout the flight, directly on their iPad, as FlightPartner is tightly coupled to the navigation data of the FMS. Additionally, when connected to ground infrastructure, FlightPartner facilitates access to accurate weather information, displayed in horizontal and vertical profiles, to assist flight planning and operations, for example by prepopulating the flight plan with winds and temperatures aloft, saving valuable time and increasing efficiency.

Its benefits also extend to maintenance personnel as FlightPartner will conveniently manage database updates to the FMS. By automatically connecting with the operator’s account on UniNet, FlightPartner will upload the latest databases to the tablet, and at the appropriate time ensure seamless and secure delivery of the databases to the on-board FMS.

Through FlightReview, UA makes aircraft data work for flight and maintenance crews by providing them information at any given time to review performance, pinpoint issues, and optimise operations

With FlightReview, data is exchanged between the FMS and the tablet, then automatically uploaded to UA’s cloud-based infrastructure at the appropriate time, enabling flight departments to view and analyse the content specific to their operations from any location.

Dassault Falcon 900B flight deck

CJG secures Falcon 900B STC for InSight

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Dassault Falcon 900B flight deck

Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Universal Avionics’ (UA) InSight Flight Deck Upgrade on the Dassault Falcon 900B.

The solutions for the Falcon 900B Flight Deck Upgrade are designed to allow operators to choose from a Phase One or Phase Two Package.

Phase One replaces the NZ-2000 FMS by adding dual UA UNS-1Fw SBAS-FMSs including LP and LPV approach capabilities, a CVR-120A Cockpit Voice Recorder, and UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit. This solution offers capabilities for FANS 1/A+ CPDLC, European ATN B1, and Push-to-Load (required by the FAA for Domestic US CPDLC, departure, and en-route clearances).

In Phase Two, the InSight Integrated Flight Deck Solution replaces the legacy EDZ-800 EFIS System with four UA InSight EFI-1040 Displays, dual Touch EFIS Control Display Units (ECDU), dual Alphanumeric Keyboards (ANK), and the Mid-Continent SAM MD-302 Standby Attitude Module, for a weight savings of more than 250 pounds. CJG’s STC options include upgraded dual integrated audio control panels, Iridium-based Safety Voice SATCOM for the cockpit, and enhanced LED Cockpit lighting.

CJG’s two-phase installation offers Falcon 900B owner/operators flexibility in budget and downtime coordination. The most comprehensive installation offers both Phase One and Phase Two during a single downtime event.

“The InSight Display System continues to gain significant momentum in the market, with nine STCs available or in advanced development, demonstrating the scalability of the system for business aviation,” said Dror Yahav, UA Chief Executive Officer. “Upcoming upgrades for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems and Flight Deck Connectivity will bring the updated airplane into the front line of business jets,” he added.

“The InSight Display System elevates the Falcon 900B to a NextGen world-class aircraft,” said Mike Mitera, Chicago Jet Group President. “Owner/operators will see immediate results in safety of flight, increased aircraft value, and a lower operating cost thanks to the increased reliability of the Universal Avionics equipment over the original OEM cockpit design. Most importantly, this sustainable technology is available today. As we look to 2022, Chicago Jet Group expects to add to this solution a fifth display for engine indication, and RNP-AR approach capability – a solution extensively tested already.”