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(STC) process, saving time and money.
Universal Avionics manufactures and
TAWS Terrain Awareness and Warning
Universal worked with several branches
markets an extensive line of advanced
System; the ASU chart, E-DOCS,
of the FAA to develop an affordable and
avionics equipment. Product lines
checklist display system; Cockpit Voice
expeditious solution for the approval of
include the UNS-1 SBAS/WAAS-enabled
Recorders; Radio Control Units; an
WAAS/SBAS-FMS upgrades. “The Engi-
Flight Management Systems; the EFI-
Engine Display System; and a host of
neering Assisted Field Approval Process
890R Flat Panel Display; a line of Flat
other advanced avionics equipment. For
is the result of an exemplary cooperative
Panel Integrated Cockpit Displays; the
more information about Universal
effort between Universal Avionics, FAA
Vision-1® Synthetic Vision System; the
Avionics, visit
Aircraft Certification Services Branches,
Flight Standards Service and the Los An-
geles Aircraft Certification Office. The
resultant FAA approved process is a win
for our industry as a whole as well as air-
craft operators and the FAA,” says Bob
Uhde, Universal’s Director of Engineer-
ing Services.
Availability of Wide Area Augmenta-
tion System (WAAS)-capable avionics is
integral to the FAA’s goal of increasing
the use of GPS navigation and reducing
the industry’s dependence on older ground
based navaids such as ILS. Charted as
RNAV (GPS) LPV on the approach plate,
Localizer with Vertical (LPV) approach
procedures take advantage of the preci-
sion of WAAS GPS for both lateral and
vertical guidance during the approach seg-
ment. Use of these procedures alleviates
airspace congestion, saves fuel and im-
proves safety.
In what amounts to an extremely af-
fordable and expeditious approval
method, many operators can now upgrade
to WAAS and LPV capability during reg-
ular aircraft maintenance. The Engineer-
ing Assisted Field Approval process is
designed so that each installation facility
is required to complete the process just
once for a particular aircraft type, flight
guidance system and display configura-
tion. All follow-on installations for that
configuration simply apply for approval
under the standard field approval process.
Applicants for the Engineering Assisted
Field Approval Process must meet certain
eligibility requirements. The existing air-
craft must be registered in the United
States (N-registered) as a Part 91 and Part
135 operator. In addition, the existing
FMS installation must be approved by
FAA TSO, TC or Field Approval for fully
coupled 3D pseudo ILS approaches.
Universal Avionics shared news of this
valuable tool with all its Authorized Deal-
ers and Installation Facilities in an email
communication today, with a follow-up
information package to be mailed next
week. • Heli-Expo 2010 Preview Issue 29
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