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First FANS Retrofit Certification Achieved

Chicago Jet Group Receives Approval for the Installation of Universal Avionics'
UniLink on a Dassault Mystere Falcon 50 with FANS

First FANS Retrofit Certification Achieved

Tucson, AZ – October 21, 2013 – Universal Avionics announces that their Authorized Dealer, Chicago Jet Group, has received the long awaited, first Future Air Navigation System (FANS) retrofit certification with the UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit (CMU). Chicago Jet Group worked diligently with its partners, including Dan Buzz & Associates for engineering and certification, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure that the first certified retrofit installation of a FANS 1/A+ / Controller-Pilot Datalink Communications (CPDLC) system over Iridium in a Dassault Mystere Falcon 50 was achieved. Several additional airframes are currently in-process at Chicago Jet Group for FANS retrofit installation and certification.

Chicago Jet Group installed Universal Avionics' UniLink UL-801 CMU with internal VHF VDL Mode 2 receiver. Interfaced with dual UNS-1Lw Flight Management Systems (FMS) and International Communications Group's (ICG) NxtLink ICS-220A Iridium Satcom, this installation provides the flight crew with two global voice channels and a dedicated datalink channel to support ACARS, FANS 1/A+ messaging and CPDLC. Universal Avionics' CVR-120A Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) was also installed for required FANS datalink message recording.

This installation and certification is a key benefit for the customer, as the aircraft frequently flies in the North Atlantic Track System (NATS). With this certification, the customer can meet the current NATS datalink mandate for 2013 (core tracks), and the expanded airspace datalink mandate for 2015 (entire track system FL350-FL390 inclusive). The installed system is also provisioned for the upcoming Eurocontrol Link 2000+ Programme mandates.

Aircraft equipped and operationally approved for FANS datalink gain access to the most desirable tracks when traveling across the Atlantic, which saves time and fuel. In addition, this installation provides many non-mandated benefits including significantly improved communications as a result of no HF voice radios or language barriers, resulting in increased safety and flight crew efficiency.

Mike Mitera, President of Chicago Jet Group, stated "The certification of this integrated retrofit system in the Falcon 50 entitles international operators to utilize the significant time and cost advantages offered by flying FANS preferred airspace. This solution provides a certified FANS system prior to the February 5, 2015 mandate."

"Universal Avionics proudly recognizes Chicago Jet Group's efforts, working diligently to achieve the first FANS/CPDLC retrofit STC," said Bruce Bunevich, Universal Avionics' Great Lakes Regional Sales Manager. "We will continue to work together to provide NextGen avionics solutions for additional airframes," he added.

For more information regarding Universal Avionics' installed equipment, visit the company's Booth N6108 at the 2013 NBAA Annual Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 22-24. A CPDLC video and simulation will be on hand in the company's booth. Additional information is available at

About Chicago Jet Group

Chicago Jet Group operates a Class 4 Part 145 Repair Station, focusing on the installation and certification of NextGen avionics technology in Part 25 aircraft, in addition to providing airframe and engine maintenance. Contact Chicago Jet Group at; email:; Tel (630) 466-3600.

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