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On the Forefront of FANS with over 20 Platform Solutions

Universal Avionics and Its Authorized Dealer Network Show off
Demonstrations of FANS / CPDLC at NBAA2014

On The Forefront of FANS

Tucson, AZ – October 21, 2014 – Together with its Authorized Dealer Network, Universal Avionics announces that Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ installations on more than 20 aircraft platforms are issued or currently in development, with more to come. Platforms with completed FANS 1/A+ installations and certifications include:

  • Falcon 50 (Chicago Jet Group)
  • Falcon 50EX (Chicago Jet Group)
  • Falcon 900 (Chicago Jet Group)

Airframes that are currently in development for FANS 1/A+ retrofit installation and certification include:

  • Boeing 727, 737 (BBJ), 767
  • Challenger CL-600/601, CL-604
  • Falcon 2000
  • Gulfstream G100/ASTRA, G200, GII, GIIB, GIISP, GIII, GIV/GIVSP/GV

Universal Avionics Authorized Dealers, Clay Lacy Aviation and Chicago Jet Group, both expect to have FANS 1/A+ certification for the Gulfstream GIV/GIVSP/GV completed by fourth quarter of 2014.

"We are very excited to have worked with many operators and aircraft types to bring this technology into the retrofit market," said Robert Clare, Universal Avionics Director of Sales. "Universal is committed to being the industry leader in FANS solutions," he added.

Combined with Universal Avionics SBAS-Flight Management System (FMS) and data capable Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), the UniLink® UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) provides standard capabilities of an airborne data link system, plus the opportunity to gain FANS 1/A+ operational approval. Operators benefit from significant operational efficiencies through investment in FANS 1/A+ technology. For instance, in 2015, operators with FANS 1/A+ will be allowed to fly the North Atlantic Track System (NATS) between FL350 and FL390 (inclusive), which are the most efficient routes and altitudes, whereas other operators will have to navigate around this airspace. In 2017, all North Atlantic airspace will require FANS 1/A+ between FL350-FL390 (inclusive), and other operators will have to travel significantly further around the airspace. FANS 1/A+ considerably improves communication in oceanic areas, improving safety and performance within the operating environment.

The installation of Universal Avionics FANS 1/A+ package provides operators with the use and benefits of Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C). This package also provisions the aircraft to meet Link 2000+ and NextGen mandates which are right around the corner.

For more information regarding Universal Avionics FANS 1/A+ solutions, visit the company’s Booth 273 at the NBAA2014 – Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, October 21-23. An in-booth FANS 1/A+ / CPDLC demonstration will be available for NBAA2014 attendees during exhibit hall hours. Additional FANS 1/A+ information, including Universal Avionics "Understanding the Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A Operations and Regulatory Requirements" White Paper, can also be found by visiting

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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