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CEO’s Outlook for 2018

Jan 18, 2018
By: Paul DeHerrera, Chief Executive Officer
UASC CEO Paul DeHerrera

This year marks two short years before the FAA Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out mandate hits…but who’s counting? I’m very pleased to say that we experienced incremental increases in Flight Management System (FMS) purchases and upgrades in 2017, confirming that our customer base is making the needed changes in preparation for the January 1, 2020 mandate. Congratulations to those who have completed the upgrade and a gentle nudge to those who haven’t. I want everyone to know that our team stands ready to answer any questions you may have on the integration into your specific aircraft.

Last year marked a major milestone for Universal Avionics with the certification of our newest integrated flight deck, “InSight.” The FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) and Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approvals celebrated the culmination of a multi-year clean sheet design and development effort. InSight sizzles with our next generation synthetic vision, displaying high-resolution terrain ice, water, advanced airport maps, runways, and special use airspace with realism never seen before on the flight deck. As of this writing, a number of customers have inked agreements with our Authorized Dealer/Integrator Network to complete InSight upgrades in their aircraft, including a major government project.

We didn’t stop with InSight; Aircraft operating in European airspace will need to be equipped for Aeronautical Telecommunications Network Baseline 1 (ATN B1) Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC). Our UniLink® UL-800/801 Communications Management Units (CMU) now have the capability to meet the data link requirements around the world, including the EASA DLS requirements (formally Link 2000+).

Looking forward to this year, data link will become more mainstream once pilots realize the benefits of CPDLC-Departure Clearances (DCL) which provide the ability to receive clearances digitally. ADS-B Out compliance will remain on the forefront with our Authorized Dealers/Integrators reporting that slots are filling rapidly for completing the upgrades. We intend to add additional certification platforms to our list for possible upgrades for InSight, along with our AHS-525 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS).

So you can see going forward, it’s going to be a bright year for Universal Avionics. I wish to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our customers, dealers/integrators, and partners for your dedication to our products, for our continued success, and for what looks to be a terrific and successful year looking out our windscreen.

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