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  • ATC Privatization: A Solution Seeking a Problem?

    May 24, 2017
    By: Paul DeHerrera, CEO
    Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has called on lawmakers to introduce legislation as a solution for a problem that doesn’t seem to exist. The idea is getting a bit of a tailwind from President Trump. When speaking with our customers who fly within the current Air Traffic Control (ATC) system, I have yet to hear any complaints about the way they are handled in the ATC system. Most often, we hear accolades on how well the system works, across all airports within the system.
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  • AC 90-117: Why Your Input Is Important to Advancing the Efficiency & Safety of U.S. Airspace

    May 12, 2017
    By: Carey Miller, Director of Corporate Programs & Business Development
    The FAA has published a draft of Advisory Circular (AC) 90-117 that provides comprehensive guidance for aircraft eligibility and operational use of data link communications in the U.S. and other countries. The FAA is seeking comments to this draft, which are due May 15, 2017.
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  • ADS-B Out: Why Won’t TSO C129 Systems Work?

    Apr 26, 2017
    By: Paul Damschen, Manager of Product Management and Flight Test Operations
    As the FAA’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out 2020 mandate draws closer, it’s more important than ever to educate yourself on the difference between the varying GPS Technical Standard Orders (TSO) that may apply to current Flight Management Systems (FMS). In hand with that, is to also understand compliance to Advisory Circular (AC) 90-165B and the required position sources.
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  • 2017 EGNOS Funding

    Mar 29, 2017
    By: Ross Dickey, Airline & Government Sales Manager, Europe, Middle East & Africa
    There’s considerable confusion and inherent nervousness amongst European operators regarding the available 2017 CEF funding. Through this funding, operators can take advantage of available grant money for regional, commercial, business (corporate), general and rotorcraft aircraft to equip with Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) technology.
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  • Text Trumps Voice with Data Comm

    Feb 10, 2017
    By: Paul Damschen, Manager of Product Management and Flight Operations
    We’ve been seeing a lot of questions here at Universal Avionics regarding Data Comm as more countries roll out new requirements, and as ground systems near completion and become operational. In fact, in terms of complexity, Data Comm is one of the more complex technologies. However, it is easy to use even though the certification and Letters of Authorization (LOA) can be a seemingly endless number of turns. I can tell you that Data Comm is not to be feared; in many cases, it greatly simplifies the antiquated Air Traffic Control (ATC) communication process.
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