|Cockpit of the Universal Avionics equipped Fairchild C-26 Metroliner aircraft. Photo: Universal Avionics|
[Avionics Today 02-16-2016] The first of two Universal Avionics-equipped Fairchild C-26 Metroliner aircraft has been delivered to an unnamed customer. The upgrade was completed by Worldwide Aircraft Services and the installation includes three EFI-890R Advanced Flight Displays (AFD), dual UNS-1Fw Multi-Missions Management Systems (MMMS) with 4-inch Flat Panel Control Display Units (FPCDU) and Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS). The second C-26 aircraft is currently being modified with the same Universal equipment.
“Commercial derivative aircraft such as the C-26 provide an important special mission capability to government and military users both in the U.S. and our partner nations,” said Bob Sanchez, Universal Avionics military and government program development manager for the U.S. and Latin America. “The avionics modernizations that were accomplished on these aircraft allow the C-26 to meet all of its critical mission taskings in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner, while at the same time, eliminating equipment obsolescence issues on these aircraft.”
Fairchild SA227 and C26 aircraft full system installation will be available with FAA Standard Type Certificate (STC) approval scheduled for third quarter 2016 completion.