Universal Avionics Releases EFB and Connected Avionics Solution

posted on 11th October 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Universal Avionics Releases EFB and Connected Avionics Solution

Universal Avionics (UA) is pleased to announce the launch of its FlightPartner and FlightReview applications.

Hosted on an iPad and initially connected to Universal’s WAAS / SBAS1 enabled Flight Management System (FMS) by introducing WiFi enablement of existing equipment, these applications make possible comprehensive two-way interactions between the FMS and the apps, and between the tablet and UA’s cloud-based infrastructure for data analytics.

The applications will be available by the end of the first quarter of 2022 and represent the first step in UA’s goal of creating a Connectivity enabled Ecosystem across its avionics solutions.

These Connected Applications streamline and enhance the interactions between the flight operations team (pilots, maintenance personnel, etc.) and the FMS before, during, and post flight. By providing relevant analytics of each flight, they enable operators to optimize flight operations and aircraft availability for each aircraft or a fleet.

The Connectivity Ecosystem brings to UA’s customers a connected, open and data centric environment to enhance mission preparedness on the ground, in the air, and post flight.

Optimizing day to day operations and maintenance, the Ecosystem utilizes a robust cyber secure, portable, and cloud-based platform to deliver avionics centric solutions and support services, including the use of a 3rd party applications and content.

“FlightPartner and FlightReview are UA’s early steps in a push towards the creation of a dynamic Connectivity Ecosystem, tying our various avionics systems to a suite of applications and expanded services that our customers will be able to use 24/7/365”, says Dror Yahav, Universal Avionics CEO.

“After the initial deployment of the products we plan to introduce many others in the coming months and years to come”.

With FlightPartner, operators will be able to build, brief and file a complete flight plan on their tablet using a convivial graphical interface, upload it to the FMS upon aircraft power-up, and dynamically alter it throughout the flight, directly on their iPad, as FlightPartner is tightly coupled to the navigation data of the FMS.

Additionally, when connected to ground infrastructure, FlightPartner facilitates access to accurate weather information, displayed in horizontal and vertical profiles, to assist flight planning and operations, for example by prepopulating the flight plan with winds and temperatures aloft, saving valuable time and increasing efficiency.