TUCSON, Ariz., 15 June 2016. Universal Avionics in Tucson, Arizona, is introducing new software for the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)-Flight Management System (FMS) that includes cost-saving messaging to alert crews of a failure of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out system. FAA officials require ADS–B Out failure annunciations in the flight deck for Part 23 and Part 25 aircraft.
With FMS Software Control Number (SCN) 1000.1/1101.1/1101.1M, operators are offered significant savings versus standalone cockpit panel annunciators and Digital Discrete Adapters (DDA). In addition, it provides a growth path to Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV), Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and with the UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU), Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and CPDLC Departure Clearance (DCL), Future Air Navigation System (FANS), and Link 2000+.
The new FMS SCN adds support for four new ARINC input busses and four new discrete inputs. The inputs are monitored for data indicating the state of ADS–B Out or transponder failure. This improvement adds a monitor with messaging to alert the crew to a failure of the ADS–B Out system. The status labels from an ATC/Mode-S Transponder system are monitored by the FMS and used to detect a failure in the system.
“Our newest FMS SCN relieves the need to install an additional light module in the instrument panel since the software provides a transponder fail message when ADS-B transponders have a failure,” explains Robert Randall, Universal Avionics senior sales manager for the US. “This latest software offering will reduce time and money for ADS-B Out installations.”
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 business, airline (regional/commercial), government/military, special missions, helicopter, and OEM.
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