FLIGHT DEPT PROFILE
To develop avionics, Universal flies units, engineers and execs in market airplanes
Challenger 601-3A, King Air 350 and F90 support company research and business.
Front office possibilities
(L–R) UASC Av Dept Mgr/Chief Pilot Mitch Oomens, Avionics Tech Jose Gonzalez and Chief of Aircraft Maintenance Luther McLeod support both King Airs within a dedicated UASC hangar at TUS.
Hubert Naimer’s imagination and perseverance in developing the world’s first FMS set in motion a continuing range of product and system offerings which are still on the forefront of avionics technology.
From a macro perspective OEM and retrofit avionics markets are well positioned for positive future results. Currently, about 25% of a new aircraft’s value is in flightdeck systems and this is projected to increase as a percentage of total content.
The retrofit market is also attractive to many operators who can acquire an older King Air, Learjet or Challenger 600/601 at a bargain price and update front panel capabilities to modern standards cost effectively.
While UASC does not have as much OEM business as it would like to have, its products are some of the most innovative and user friendly offerings on the market.
Company Challenger 601-3A on the ramp at Bombardier Aerospace TUS. (Inset) King Air F90 currently serves as primary company flight test aircraft.
Looking to the future, Naimer and UASC will be putting a focus on integrated flightdeck management systems and technology as opposed to FMS and individual devices.
Thirty years ago Hubert Naimer created a successful plan to integrate a number of sensors into one easy-to-use functional FMS.
Today, UASC is looking to integrate a range of front office systems and capabilities to enable additional block changes in pilot utility. As Naimer says, “Future possibilities in avionics technology are more exciting than ever!”
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