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Universal Avionics and MD Helicopters Partner on Next Gen Explorer®

Contract Signed to Kick-Off Next Generation Flight Deck Program for MD Explorer Helicopter

Universal Avionics and MD Helicopters Partner on Next Gen Explorer®

Tucson, AZ – March 18, 2013 – MD Helicopters, Inc. has partnered with Universal Avionics in a two-year program to build and design a Next Generation flight deck for the MD Explorer helicopter.

The Next Generation multipurpose twin-engine helicopter features a single-pilot IFR-capable flight deck with display graphics that are video and mission display capable. The Primary Flight Display (PFD) provides all primary flight parameters, primary engine/rotor data and safety critical annunciators. The Multi-Function Display / Engine Indicating and Crew-Alerting System (MFD / EICAS) replaces the current IIDS and radar displays with synoptic displays. Synthetic vision, enhanced moving maps, system displays, electronic charts, checklists and innovative user faces are part of the baseline. A point and click display using a cyclic-mounted cursor slew switch enables the pilot to operate the system without looking away from the display screen. Single- and dual-pilot cockpit configurations will be supported for forward-fit and retrofit installation.

"Universal is excited to enter into this partnership with MD Helicopters," said Dan Reida, Universal's Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Support. "We look forward to providing MD with the latest in avionics technology that affords enhancements to safety, reductions in operational costs and addresses current and future requirements," he added. "This program reinforces Universal's commitment to the Rotorcraft market."

About Universal Avionics Systems Corporation

Universal Avionics is a leading manufacturer of innovative avionics systems offered as retrofit and forward-fit solutions for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. Markets served include Business, Special Missions, Government / Military, Airline (regional / commercial), Helicopter and OEM. To learn more about Universal Avionics, visit

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