Improve Safety with SBAS-FMS

Universal Avionics SBAS-FMS Family

Universal Avionics' SBAS-FMS is a critical component to meet upcoming global mandates. Its accuracy is already required for current and planned mandates including Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and the Link 2000+ Programme.

The primary objective in establishing SBAS is to increase safety for aviation. By improving the accuracy, integrity, reliability and availability of GPS, SBAS increases the navigation capability for all classes of aircraft in all phases of flight. It's because of the increased integrity of the GPS navigation position that SBAS capable systems are classed as primary navigation equipment.

SBAS-FMS Upgrade Incentive Program

Introducing an exciting incentive for non-Universal Avionics operators to trade-in their legacy FMS or GPS system for a new, SBAS-capable Universal Avionics FMS. Throughout 2015, qualified FMS and GPS systems will be accepted for a trade-in credit allowance toward the dealer net price of the new system.

Qualified Systems

Garmin GNS 430/530
Honeywell GNS-X
Honeywell GNS-XES
Honeywell GNS-XLS
Honeywell KNS 660
Honeywell NZ-2000

A complete system is required to receive credit toward a complete Universal Avionics SBAS-FMS system. Complete system is defined as a Navigation Computer Unit (NCU) plus Flat Panel Control Display Unit (FPCDU), or all-in-one NCU/CDU.

Offer valid for new orders placed January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Orders must be shipped by December 31, 2015.

Click here for the complete details on our SBAS-FMS Incentive Program

What is the Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS)?

A satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) is a system that supports wide-area or regional augmentation through the use of additional satellite-broadcast messages. Such systems are commonly composed of multiple ground stations, located at accurately-surveyed points. The ground stations take measurements of one or more of the GNSS satellites, the satellite signals, or other environmental factors which may impact the signal received by the users. Using these measurements, information messages are created and sent to one or more satellites for broadcast to the end users.

Use of Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) has been growing substantially throughout the world, including:

  • North America: Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)
  • Europe: European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS)
  • Japan: Multi-functional Satellite Augmentation System (MSAS)
  • India: GPS-Aided Geo-Augmentation Navigation (GAGAN)

This technology is a critical component of the FAA's Next Generation (NextGen) program and the EUROCONTROL SESAR initiative.

"Upgrading" to SBAS involves replacing an existing Flight Management System (FMS) with a new SBAS-capable FMS. As an in-line replacement, the Universal Avionics SBAS-FMS constitutes minor changes to wiring, antenna, keying and configuration when certified for most LPV capabilities. Still, most of the existing wiring may be used. Non-LPV SBAS-FMS installations have lesser changes.

The Benefits of SBAS

There are plenty of benefits you'll be able to experience with the Universal Avionics SBAS-FMS. Including some mentioned under features, these benefits include:

Approved GPS position input source in accordance with the appropriate TSO for integration with approved transponders for the ADS-B Out mandate
Compatible with SBAS around the world: WAAS, EGNOS, MSAS and GAGAN
Ensures compliance with Precision-Area Navigation (P-RNAV)
Key element of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) / Area Navigation (RNAV)
User-friendly with more capabilities to reduce pilot workload and increase flight operations efficiency
Training available for SBAS-FMS operators, including free FMS Pilot Operational training for up to two pilots with every new Universal Avionics SBAS-FMS installation and major hardware upgrade.
Enhanced safety provided with the latest TSO'd more accurate SBAS and GPS information to the onboard TAWS/EGPWS and TCAS
Eliminates manual RAIM prediction requirements
Incorporates high-speed Ethernet technology that allows for faster data downloads via the Solid-State Data Transfer Unit (SSDTU)
Fuel savings via more direct routing and direct approaches that eliminate the step-down type approaches
Additional fuel savings with FlexPerf™ Trip Performance
Ability to provide shorter routing to secondary airport due to adverse weather conditions
Avoid database limitations with large database memory
Pilot-Defined and Company Routes Databases save substantial time and offers convenience
Aircraft currently equipped for ADS-B already have the ability to receive traffic information, weather data and flight information
Opening new runways for you with LPV
Key component of Universal Avionics Future Air Navigation System (FANS) solution


White Paper

Operating in SBAS Airspace White Paper
Download the ADS-B White Paper

For detailed information about SBAS, get a copy of the Universal Avionics' White Paper, "Operating in Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Airspace."

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