Universal Avionics Gets TSO for Touchscreen ECDU

The STC for the InSight ECDU is expected to be available for the Citation VII in the first quarter of next year. Universal Avionics

Tucson, Arizona-based Universal Avionics (UA) has launched a touchscreen version of its InSight EFIS Control Display Unit (ECDU). The company has achieved the TSO and expects Supplemental Type Certification in the next few months.

“The Touch ECDU offers our customers a new option for programming InSight, improving upon the already easy-to-use system,” said Dan Reida, UA’s vice president of sales, marketing and support. “It provides a well sought-after man-machine interface and is a smarter way to utilize touchscreen technology.”

The non-touchscreen version of InSight will continue to be offered as well. Both systems include ten programmable Line-Select Keys (LSK), fifteen fixed function keys and a rotary know that are used to select functions. While the touchscreen version provides full manipulation of the system, including pinch-to-zoom capabilities, the non-touchscreen version requires a separate Cursor Control Panel for point-and-click functions. The systems integrate with Universal Avionics’ 10.4-inch (also available in sizes ranging from 8.9 to 15 inches), high resolution PFD and MFD screens, and can also control a stand-alone radio. The system includes synthetic vision, traffic, electronic charts, terrain, weather and more.

Universal Avionics claims the complete system weighs in at about 200 pounds less than the OEM-installed avionics, increasing the useful load of the bizjet.

The InSight system is targeted for the Cessna Citation VII market and it is the only platform currently in the plans. Installation is available through Universal Avionics’ dealerships. Pricing varies depending on the configuration.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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