Size does matter. And so does weight, safety, power, and performance: all variables considered by Universal Avionics Systems in its design and manufacturing of aircraft systems. Universal Avionics' products, used worldwide on helicopters, corporate turbine aircraft, and large commercial airliners, include cabin information and entertainment systems, cockpit instrument displays and voice recorders, radio control units, cockpit-to-ground communications data links, flight management systems, navigation position sensors, satellite communications, and terrain awareness and warning systems. The company also offers technical support, customer training, rental equipment, and repairs.
Universal Avionics Systems functions through four divisions. The Manufacturing division and main office are in Tucson, Arizona. Research/Development/Engineering is based in Redmond, Washington. The Instrument division, located in Duluth, Georgia, provides cockpit display development, which offers a complete line of flat panel integrated displays for OEM and retrofit applications. The Marketing division has offices in the US (Arizona and Kansas) and Switzerland, as well as other strategic locations in Europe and Canada. Customers include Hawker Beechcraft, West Star Aviation, and Learjet.
In September 2008 the company announced that it had reached a settlement with Optima Technology. Universal filed a lawsuit against Optima, a patent holding company, after Optima threatened the company with alleged patent infringements. Under the terms of the agreement, Universal will pay nothing and receive a full release of liability from Optima and an agreement not to sue for patent infringement in connection with Universal products.