Chilean Army replaces obsolete equipment on CN-235 aircraft with Universal Avionics flight deck upgrade

TUCSON, Ariz., 24 March 2016. The Chilean Army (Ejército de Chile) has upgraded the first of three CASA CN-235-100 aircraft with Universal Avionics flight deck equipment, replacing obsolete equipment, meeting current and future avionics requirements, and gaining a 3D approach capability with Nav-to-Nav autopilot capture.

Chilean Army replaces obsolete equipment on CN-235 aircraft with Universal Avionics flight deck upgrade
Chilean Army replaces obsolete equipment on CN-235 aircraft with Universal Avionics flight deck upgrade

TUCSON, Ariz., 24 March 2016. The Chilean Army (Ejército de Chile) has upgraded the first of three CASA CN-235-100 aircraft with Universal Avionics flight deck equipment, replacing obsolete equipment, meeting current and future avionics requirements, and gaining a 3D approach capability with Nav-to-Nav autopilot capture.

Chilean Army replaces obsolete equipment on CN-235 aircraft with Universal Avionics flight deck upgradeChilean Army replaces obsolete equipment on CN-235 aircraft with Universal Avionics flight deck upgrade

The CASA CN-235, jointly developed by Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA) of Spain and IPTN in Indonesia, is a medium-range, twin-engine transport aircraft that serves as a regional airliner and military transport. Militaries use the CN-235 for various roles, including maritime patrol, surveillance, and air transport. Turkey is the largest user of CN-235 aircraft, of which it has 50.

LB Aircraft Engineering in Miami, Florida, in conjunction with AVENPA Chile installed the flight deck upgrade, which includes the following equipment from Universal Avionics in Tucson, Arizona:

4 – EFI-890R Advanced Flight Displays

2 – Flight Management Systems (FMS)

2 – Vision-1 Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS)

1 – Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS)

The installation replaces obsolete 1980s avionics including legacy Electronic Flight Displays (EFI) with four large Primary Flight and Navigation Displays that address current and future requirements. Utilizing TAWS and Vision-1 products, the operator will gain improved situational awareness, address Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) requirements, and be able to reduce maintenance costs.

“We see many advantages with incorporating this state of the art flight deck upgrade into the CASA CN-235-100 aircraft,” explains Jay Salazar, engineering director of LB Aircraft Engineering. "We are convinced that this modernization of the flight deck will not only greatly improve the situational awareness and working environment for the cockpit crew, but will also facilitate for improved operation of the aircraft in its various military tasks,” he adds. “Incorporating the latest in advanced avionics technology, this retrofit was seamless.”

Casa Cn 235

“We are pleased to support both LB Aircraft Engineering and AVENPA with the CN-235 flight deck upgrade,” says Robert Kline, Universal Avionics Airline Sales Manager for USA and Latin America. “Their modification will significantly improve the Chilean Army operational capability. The two remaining aircraft will follow this year.”

Universal Avionics is a manufacturer of avionics systems offered as retrofit and forward-fit solutions for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. Markets served include Government/ Military, Special Missions, Helicopter, Business, Airline (regional/commercial), and OEM.


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