Mid-Canada Mod Center Completes First Canadian Installation of Universal Avionics InSight Display System

Citation VII Flight Deck Upgrade Enhances Safety and Extends Life of Aircraft

TORONTO & TUCSON, Ariz.— 12 November 2020 — Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) recently completed the installation of a Universal Avionics (UA) InSight™ Display System on a Ctitation VII aircraft. This marks the first Canadian installation of Universal Avionics’ integrated flight deck solution.

 

Citation VII Flight Deck Modernization

Citation VII flight deck before and after MC2’s installation of the Universal Avionics InSight Display System

“Repair costs for legacy avionics on an aircraft of this age are typically quite high and some of the systems are no longer supported,” said Bill Arsenault, president of Mid-Canada Mod Center. “The main goals here were to enhance safety through better situational awareness, and extend the usable life of the aircraft with a modern cockpit. This Citation VII had relatively few upgrade paths available, but having worked on older aircraft for many years, it was clear to us that the Universal Avionics InSight Display System would meet our client’s goals. We are pleased to team-up with Universal Avionics on this project.”

The work included an extensive flight deck upgrade, inflight connectivity, plus additional certification related to activities to obtain Transport Canada approval of UA’s FAA Supplemental Type Certificates (STC). MC2’s sister division, Avionics Design Services (ADS) helped smooth the way for application submissions and developed an STC for a software upgrade.

With this completed installation and certification, the InSight Display System is now a solution for all Citation VII aircraft with existing Honeywell and Collins Nav/Comm packages.

Recognizing the Canadian milestone, Dror Yahav, UA CEO said, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with MC2 to certify our InSight Display System in the Canadian market. The excellent personal and technical relationships between our companies resulted, again, in a wonderful cockpit upgrade which brings state-of-the-art capabilities to the Citation VII aircraft.”

More about the cockpit modifications & UA InSight Display System
This modification, which also included in-flight connectivity, saw the client take advantage of the downtime related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was completed in a short time frame. The new flight deck offers the operator: the ability to land at unfamiliar airports with confidence, simplified user control and input, and increased reliability with high component MTBF/MTBUR.

The age of the aircraft was a key challenge in completing this modernization, but the UA InSight Display System offers a more integrated solution that interfaces with the existing Automatic Flight Control System which would be cost prohibitive to replace. Modifications included the UA 10.4” EFI-1040 Displays, Touch EFIS Control Display Unit, Alphanumeric Keyboard and Reference Select Panel, Data Concentrator Unit II, Engine Interface Unit and Class A TAWS. The system offers LPV, ADS-B Out, and CPDLC / CPDLC DCL capabilities, plus a growth path to EFVS. Top features include embedded 3D SVS, advanced mapping, electronic charts, and the ability to customize displays for different phases of flight. Additionally, the FMS installation includes the UA FlexPerf™ Trip Performance option. This provides advanced fuel saving predictions for aircraft performance in Climb, Cruise and Descent phases of flight.

 

About Universal Avionics
Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems Company, is a leading manufacturer of innovative commercial avionics systems offered as retrofit and forward-fit solutions for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. To learn more about Universal Avionics, visit www.uasc.com/company/about.

About Mid-Canada Mod Center
At MC2 (AMO #59-97), our focus is on extending the life of corporate, second tier commercial and special missions aircraft, with a focus on safety and efficiency. Our extensive capabilities include systems design, engineering, certification, installation, integration, repairs and 24/7AOG service for cockpit and cabin avionics. A Transport Canada CAR 561 approved manufacturer, with a far-reaching avionics background, our specialties include ADS-B, NextGen, WAAS GPS, FMS with LPV, cabin entertainment and communications systems including Satcom and Wi-Fi applications. We are authorized dealers and service centres for all of the major avionics manufacturers, including Honeywell, Collins Aerospace, Universal, and Garmin. With our sister company, ADS, we offer fully integrated services, to a broad range of aircraft from Cessna Citation to Boeing Classic, and ATR plus a range of helicopters. Centrally located, we are headquartered in the north end business aviation area of Toronto, Canada’s Lester B Pearson International Airport (CYYZ), with an additional facility in Hangar 53 in Waterloo, Canada (CYKF). Visit www.midcanadamod.com to learn more.

For more information contact

Mid-Canada Mod Center
Bill Arsenault
(905) 673-9918
bill@midcanadamod.com

Universal Avionics
Stacy Honda
(520) 295 2356
shonda@uasc.com