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CEO’s Outlook for 2019

Jan 08, 2019
Paul DeHerrera, Chief Executive Officer

UASC CEO Paul DeHerrera

2019, Welcome!

It's a new year and there is so much to talk about as we look ahead. 2018 marked some huge changes for UA; a change of ownership, followed by us becoming familiar with the new and exciting products Elbit Systems has to offer, such as their Head-Up Display, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems, and the revolutionary SkyLens™ Head Wearable Display.

At the same time, thanks to you (our customers), we had a record year in Flight Management System (FMS) sales as you prepare for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out. A great number of you also took the opportunity to upgrade to Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ at the same time.

In the past, I have spoken about our "roadmap" as we worked to help simplify and explain the logical path for ADS-B, FANS 1/A+, and Performance-Based Navigation (PBN). Looking forward, I would be remiss to not talk more about PBN. The first step you took or are about to take with ADS-B is integral to PBN by providing precise, predictable, and repeatable navigation as set forth in the FAA's goals for PBN.   PBN is truly a game changing path for aviation for all phases of flight. It provides curved path approaches, more arrivals and departures to major airports, and the freedom from ground-based paths; allowing optimized routes with favorable winds that are more direct, saving time and fuel.

At UA, we are pleased to be launching into another exciting year with a new list of product offerings for the retrofit and aircraft OEM markets; products that will take you each step of the way through the "roadmap," preparing you for upcoming mandates and all the benefits PBN brings.

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