Universal Avionics’ InSight Integrated Flight Deck, announced April 8 at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Dallas, is the first business aviation product to utilize the Jeppesen Airport Mapping Database. Through reliable access to accurate, timely, and high-quality airport information, operators using the InSight Integrated Flight Deck will enjoy increased efficiency and safety through improved situational awareness.
The InSight Integrated Flight Deck’s Synthetic Vision System uses the Jeppesen Airport Mapping Database to render accurate, high-resolution airport diagrams. They depict actual runway markings, taxiways, parking areas, buildings and other obstructions, surface roads, and construction areas.
“We are proud to have partnered with Jeppesen to be the first to bring this exceptional technology to the business aviation market,” said Dan Reida, Universal’s vice president of sales and marketing. “The realistic display of the airport environment is truly unparalleled,” he added.
“Integrating our airport mapping data with the InSight Integrated Flight Deck will enhance situational awareness for business aviation operators,” said Mike Abbott, director of Jeppesen navigation and flight deck programs. “The synthetic vision capabilities of the InSight system allows for display of dynamic airport diagrams and data to further enhance operational efficiency and reduce pilot workload.”
The InSight display system is designed as an integrated flight deck solution, featuring an embedded synthetic vision system with advanced mapping capability, electronic charts, radio control, broadcast weather support, and graphical flight planning, the company said. InSight’s design is flexible and easily installed or configured, proving valuable in retrofit applications. The first installation is on the company's Cessna Citation VII, with supplemental type certification expected in the fourth quarter of 2015. MD Helicopters Inc. is the launch customer, using InSight on its Next Generation MD Explorer helicopter.
Universal also presented two new upgrade incentive programs for the SBAS-Flight Management System (FMS) and UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit, to encourage operators to equip for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out and Future Air Navigation System/Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications. Until the end of 2015, operators may trade in qualified legacy FMS or GPS systems for a new SBAS-capable Universal Avionics FMS. Equipping also provides operators with performance based navigation, larger database memory, and access to more than 3,972 LPV approaches. Additional program information is available online.
The company also said that Universal Avionics Future Air Navigation System 1/A+ solutions are now available for Bombardier Challenger CL-600, CL-601, CL-601 3A/R and CL-604 aircraft, as well as the Gulfstream G-IV and G-IV-SP. Installed systems provide the foundation to meet ADS-B and Link 2000+ Programme mandates.