Canada’s Skyservice Business Aviation Inc (Skyservice) – which is a Universal Avionics (UA) Authorised Dealer – has received The Critical Communications Association (TCCA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its Bombardier Learjet 45 ‘NextGen and Beyond’ upgrade. It now just waits on approval for certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which, apparently, is imminent.
The certification covers the addition of a UA UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) and CVR-120R Cockpit Voice Recorder to the already installed UNS-1Ew SBAS-Flight Management System (FMS). And the first upgraded aircraft was delivered in July 2018; the second and third aircraft are expected for delivery in October 2019 and April 2020 respectively.
Robert Claire, UA Director of Sales, said: “This is yet another breakthrough with one of our top Authorized Dealers to bring cutting-edge technology to our aftermarket customers … We continue to create, support, and deliver avionics solutions to operators worldwide to enhance their safety and operational efficiencies.”
The upgrade brings with it numerous benefits to operators of current and future mandated technologies, including: Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC); CPDLC Departure Clearances (DCL); en route Data Communications (Data Comm); Oceanic Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+; Aeronautical Telecommunications Network Baseline 1 (ATN B1); and Localiser Performance with Vertical Navigation (LPV) / Performance-Based Navigation (PBN).
Vice-President, Maintenance for Skyservice Business Aviation Paul Weeks added that obtaining this certification is ‘another reason why Skyservice remains a leading MRO’. “With the support that we receive from Universal Avionics, we can ensure aircraft operators and owners benefit from this leading-edge technology now and well into the future,” he finished.