EASA has approved multiple retrofit future air navigation system supplemental type certificates (STC) to Universal Avionics and Chicago Jet Group, Universal Avionics said.
Certificates include those for:
"The process to obtain these approvals was quite complex," said Mike Mitera, Chicago Jet Group president. "We did extensive research into the EASA approval process and determined we could apply through our EASA-approved repair station with the assistance of the FAA. This approval by EASA provides a solution using any Universal Avionics satellite-based augmentation system/flight management system in combination with the UniLink UL-800/801 communication management unit, utilizing either Iridium or Inmarsat satcom systems. The solutions approved were a combination of standalone and dual-integrated systems for all of the aircraft our STCs cover."
The installation also includes controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) and automatic dependent surveillance-contract (ADS-C) functionality. There are also provisions for ADS-B Out and European CPDLC initiatives. Universal Avionics said FANS installations provide non-mandated benefits, including improved communications with no high-frequency voice radios or language barriers.