Elbit Systems is in the process of acquiring Universal Avionics Systems Corporation. Elbit Systems

Universal Avionics Systems Grows Business Opportunities

New products, regulatory approvals and an acquisition on the horizon signal new opportunities for the company's direction.

Universal Avionics Systems Corporation (UASC) has just released a number of recent developments pertaining to new products, regulatory approvals and a potential acquisition.

The company is in the final stages of an acquisition deal with Elbit Systems now that the necessary government approvals have been received. Under the acquisition deal, which is anticipated to close in the next few weeks, UASC will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems.

In an open letter to customers, UASC CEO Paul DeHerrera stated that the acquisition will provide more future opportunities than UASC would be able to accomplish as a privately-held business and that the company will be able to leverage Elbit’s resources to better serve customers. DeHerrera added that UASC will remain under the same name and leadership and operate out of its current offices after the acquisition.

Elbit Systems, which for the first time in its history recently surpassed one billion dollars of revenue in a quarter, operates in areas including defense and commercial aerospace, unmanned aircraft systems and avionics. The company is not currently sharing details about the acquisition, but expects to make more information available once the deal is finalized.

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On the regulatory front, a software upgrade to UASC’s UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) will now be available to customers of the company’s authorized dealer, Chicago Jet Group. The software upgrade complies with the mandate requiring all aircraft operating in European airspace to be equipped for Aeronautical Telecommunications Network Baseline 1 (ATN B1) controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) by February 2020 and was just approved by FAA and EASA for inclusion in Chicago Jet Group’s approved model list (AML) supplemental type certificate (STC). Customers that have already purchased Chicago Jet Group’s existing future air navigation (FAN)/CPDLC systems will now be able to add UASC’s ATN B1 CPDLC capability for Europe. 

“This is a very significant accomplishment that is going to provide data link solutions for not only the operators based in Europe, but for the operators here in the U.S. that will be traveling to the EU with their aircraft,” says Chicago Jet Group President Mike Mitera.

UASC says approvals from Transport Canada and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) are forthcoming.

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UASC has also just released a new web-based configuration tool for its Insight Display System. The External Configuration Editor (ECE) will be used by parties performing installations of InSight to do pre-design work and get the system configured, which a spokesperson for UASC says will “really make their life a lot easier.” The cloud-based ECE application lets installers design InSight’s configuration from a personal computer and share configurations across an organization. It features built-in collaboration tools to help streamline workflow among installers, such as the ability to copy and edit existing configurations or import configuration data. 

InSight, which is an integrated flight deck with features such as radio control, broadcast weather and advanced mapping, was just certified last fall. The system is applicable to any transport category or business aircraft along with helicopters and incorporates a unique, high-resolution airport-mapping database as part of its synthetic vision system.

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