Universal Awarded Dash-8 Cockpit Contract

By Tish Drake | June 15, 2010
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The EFI-890R Flat Panel Display Systems from Universal Avionics, of Tucson, Ariz., was selected by Field Aviation of Canada for its Dash 8 (Q-Series) Modernization Program. The program will include a five-panel EFI-890R display suite including Primary Flight, Navigation and Engine Displays, dual Vision-1 Synthetic Vision, Radio Control Units and WAAS/SBAS-Flight Management Systems.

Universal Avionics said it expects to have the final software and hardware design package available for installation and certification mid-2010. Integration and installation will be completed by Field Aviation. The new flight deck will be available to operators of non-EFIS and EFIS Dash 8/Q-Series 100, 200 and 300 aircraft.

This EFI-890R Dash 8 flight deck features two large-format Primary Flight Displays, two Navigation Displays and a dedicated Engine Display, similar in arrangement to current-production Q400 aircraft. Dual Application Server Units supporting Jeppesen Charts, Checklists, Edocs, and Video can be displayed on the Navigation Display or dedicated side-mounted displays and will be offered as an option. The dedicated Engine Display replaces the existing electromechanical individual instruments with a single screen with dual-channel redundancy, Universal said.

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