1st Md-87 With Universal Avionics' WAAS-Capable FMS

(Tucson, AZ., April 29, 2009) -- The first installation of Universal Avionics' WAAS/SBAS-FMS and Vision-1(r) Synthetic Vision System (SVS) in a McDonnell Douglas MD-87 has been completed with FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) imminent. The project was coordinated by Technical Aero Services of Miami, FL with installation support provided by Avionics Group of Miami, FL. The MD-87 full cockpit upgrade includes four EFI-640s which replace the ADI, HSI and Radio Altimeter Indicator; dual Vision-1(r) Synthetic Vision System, dual Application Server Units (ASU) with yoke-mounted Universal Cockpit Display Terminals (UCDT) for JeppView charts, checklists, and E-DOCS; dual UNS-1Fw WAAS/SBAS-FMS; and Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) with display on the FMS. According to Avionics Group, this is the first aircraft with the Universal Avionics cockpit upgrade, with several more MD-87 aircraft to follow. With LPV approaches becoming the standard and ILS approaches on the way out, this WAAS FMS system will be the go-to choice for years to come. The addition of the EFIs, Vision-1(r), TAWS and ASUs takes a basic non-EFIS DC9/MD80 series aircraft and gives it a modern full compliment cockpit. "We feel the Universal Avionics products configuration flexibility allows us to custom fit the units into any aircraft and give the customer exactly what they need," says Thom Kuhns, Project Engineer for Avionics Group. "This project actually consists of 4 individual STCs allowing a customer to select the level of upgrade desired. The result of this installation brings excitement to a cockpit and a project we are proud to be a part of."

Source: Universal Avionics
Date: May 1, 2009