Orlando, FL | Apr. 30, 2012
The STC was issued on 27 April, 2012. The new STC follows an earlier STC granted by Transport Canada covering the same installation. FAA certification is pending.
The upgrade features five identical Universal Avionics EFI-890R, high definition LCD flat panel displays of which four primarily present the pilots with navigation and flight information and the fifth (centre display) presents engine information. The system provides full redundancy by allowing information to be switched between the five displays, as well as a modular upgrade path for features such as synthetic vision, radio control units, flight management systems and weather radar upgrades.
Field Aviation has now completed upgrades on a Dash 8 Q300 for the Icelandic Coast Guard and a Q200 for Air Iceland, with a second Air Iceland Q200 aircraft to be delivered with the upgrade next month. The first Dash 8 Q100 to receive the flight deck upgrade is Bluebird Aviation Limited of Nairobi, Kenya with an aircraft in production now and a second scheduled for later this year. When Field Aviation delivers the Bluebird Aviation Q100, it will be significant in that all three series of classic Dash 8's will then be operating with Field Aviation's EFI-890R based flight deck modernization upgrade.
"This new EASA approval opens up a significant market for us, internationally," said Brian Love, Field Aviation's Chief Commercial Officer, "Overall, the Classic DASH 8 population numbers in the hundreds; we can now bring them into the full-digital world."
Field Aviation will be attending the 2012 Bombardier All Series Operators Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida from April 30 to May 3, 2012 and will be featuring the services it provides to the Bombardier family of aircraft operators, including interior refurbishment and reconfiguration, flight deck modernization featuring the EFI-890R suite, special mission aircraft and parts manufacturing. Visit Field Aviation at Booths 337/339/436/438. Field Aviation is internationally recognized as a leader in the design, engineering, integration and delivery of aircraft and systems for specialized roles and applications worldwide.
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