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.
The company makes advanced avionics systems for business jets, turboprop aircraft, transport aircraft, helicopters, regional and commercial airliners. Universal Avionics Systems functions through four divisions. The Manufacturing division and main office are in Tucson, Arizona. The two Engineering divisions (located in Duluth, Georgia and Redmond Washington), provide cockpit display development, and offers a complete line of flat panel integrated displays for OEM and retrofit applications.
Sales and Marketing
The Sales Marketing and 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.
Universal Avionics is expanding in Asia. It opened a new satellite office in Singapore in 2013 to support customers insignificant customer base in Australia, Japan, and Thailand, and elsewhere in the Asia/pacific region, where a number of flight deck retrofit projects are under way. The office will also be a dedicated sales and support base for customers and partners in the region.
The company is also growing through innovation. In 2013 it launched a new optional module available for the Multi-Mission Management System. The software was developed to enhance operational efficiency and support special mission operations. Airdrop calculates an Air Release Point, and provides guidance and steering to a position offset where the package should exit the aircraft to secure a landing at the target delivery ground position.
That year it also partnered with MD Helicopters to build and design a Next Generation flight deck for the MD Explorer helicopter.
Avionics pioneer Hubert L. Naimer founded Universal Avionics Systems in 1981.
In 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.