Universal Avionics WAAS-FMS

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Universal aims to announce, on Sept. 25 at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta, FAA certification for a new FMS that "marks the very first WAAS-FMS system TSO'd and capable for installation on Part 23 & 25 aircraft." The new "W" series of Flight Management Systems is certified to TSO-C146b, Class Gamma-3, "the highest possible," and will enable operators from PC-12 pilots to Boeing 747 drivers to take advantage of SBAS (Space Based Augmentation System) WAAS/LPV approach capabilities, along with WAAS. According to the company, "This new FMS with integral WAAS-augmented GPS receiver is compatible with WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS and is capable of navigating approaches to ILS-like minima." The system will allow operators to fly all FAA-published SBAS WAAS/LPV approaches currently in place and those expected in the near future. Pricing for the system was not made available.