Universal Avionics (officially known as Universal Avionics Systems Corporation) is a leading producer of avionics systems. The company’s products are offered as retrofit and forward-fit solutions for a diversified range of aircraft types. Current markets served by them include business, special missions, government/military, airlines, helicopter and OEM.
The company’s journey began in 1981 when founder Hubert L. Naimer formulated the details of a “Master Navigation System,” which led to the development of the world’s first Flight Management System (FMS). Over the past 30 years, Universal has expanded its product line and delivered innovative technologies to the industry.
FANS is current focus
In keeping with the company’s leading-edge approach to avionics, the Future Air Navigation System (FANS) is a current source of pride at Universal these days. In fact, the company has become a market leader in developing and bringing this technology to the aviation community.
The goal of FANS is to improve safety and performance related to communication, navigation and surveillance/air traffic management activities within the operating environment.
The present Universal Avionics FANS solution includes:
- UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU)
- Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)-Flight Management System (FMS)
- Cockpit Voice Recorder (to record CPDLC/FANS messages and events)
The crew interfaces with UniLink through the FMS Control Display Unit (CDU) using a Universal Avionics FMS loaded with Software Control Number (SCN) 1000.5/1100.5 or later. The FMS continuously provides current data to UniLink. Data is entered into the fields using the CDU alphanumeric keys.