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FMS Upgrade Incentive Programme

picture_3July 2, 2009, Mississauga, Ont.– Mid-Canada Mod Center and Universal Avionics WAAS/SBAS-FMS offer Upgrade Incentive Program.

July 2, 2009  By Carey Fredericks


July 2, 2009, Mississauga, Ont.– Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) is participating in the recently announced Universal Avionics WAAS/SBAS-FMS Upgrade Incentive Program.  Through this offer, important trade- in allowances for any competitor TSO’d FMS or GPS will be applied toward the purchase of a new Universal WAAS/SBAS-FMS product. Depending on the model being purchased, credit allowances will range from $6,000.00 to $10,000.00 ($US) off of the OEM product list price.

In announcing his firm’s participation with Universal in this unique incentive, Bill Arsenault, MC2 vice-president, stated: “A global program like this with dealers will allow operators the chance to improve performance and aircraft safety at cost that was previously not available. It is of great value – especially in the current economy. Universal has provided its dealers with an important motivation for getting upgrades in place sooner than later. This sort of unique plan and the timing is of considerable value. The offer is valid through to the end of this year. We need not have completed the work by then – but we need to have it scheduled, ordered and the product confirmed as being shipped before the deadline of December 31. This trade in allowance helps our clients maintain cost efficiency and adhere to the budget and spending restraint that are today’s reality.”

In order to be eligible for this program, the trade-in unit must be any competitor’s TSO’d FMS or  GPS system (including panel mounted GPS units). The trade-in credit must be applied toward the purchase of a Universal WAAS/SBAS-FMS, which includes the UNS-1Ew, UNS-1Espw, UNS1Fw, as well as specific models of the UNS-1Fw NCU and FPCDU. The credit allowance is applied towards the OEM list price of the new Universal WAAS/SBAS-FMS. Installation kit, components and dealer charges will apply.

Mid-Canada Mod Center has all the details and criteria of this offer. 
Street Address: 6120 Midfield Road, Unit 11, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2P7
Mailing Address: PO Box 160, Toronto AMF, Mississauga, Ontario L5P 1B1
Tel. (905) 673-9918 Web Site:
 About the Universal Avionics


WAAS/SBAS-FMS the first question most ask is why switch to Universal

WAAS/SBAS-FMS?  Universal Avionics’ WAAS/SBAS-FMS combine the benefits of advanced programming; compact, lightweight packaging; and installation flexibility.

This new line of Fuss is WAAS/SBAS-capable, meaning you have the increased integrity, reliability and safety provided by Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) guidance. The most precise and accurate GPS-based approaches available today, RNAV (GPS) approach types, are now within your reach.

Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems are an integral part of the worldwide effort to reduce dependency on ground-based infrastructure and leverage the precision and accuracy provided by satellite (GPS) technologies. Approach procedures utilizing this technology offer similar minima and safety as ILS procedures, while providing access to a larger number of airports. In fact, RNAV (GPS) LPV approaches now outnumber ILS procedures.  Interfaced with a communications management unit such as Universal’s Unlink® system, the  WAAS/SBAS-Fuss offer a Communication, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS) suite which will allow  you to take advantage of the routing/communication benefits available in the NextGen CNS/ATM  environment.

According to the Fall 2008 NAV CANADA Tech Watch, WAAS is operational in Canada, receivers  are available and approaches are under development to take full advantage of this technology.  As of the report date, fourteen LPV approaches, supported by the WAAS signal had been  published. Other information indicates that through the current ILS replacement program (50  airports in next five years) all will have RNAV GPS (LPV) procedures added and all RNAV GPS  procedures undergoing regular maintenance will have LPV added.

Key Benefits

  • LPV approach capability provides ILS-like guidance down to near CAT I ILS minima (as low as 200-feet with 1/2-mile visibility)
  • Access to all RNAV (GPS) approach procedures: Localizer Performance with Vertical (LPV), Lateral Navigation/Vertical Navigation (LNAV/VNAV), LNAV-only
  • Enhanced integrity and accuracy monitoring removes the RAIM prediction requirement
  • Allows you to plan GPS approaches to your flight plan destination as well as an alternate
  • Allows approaches at smaller municipal airports at night when no local altimeter setting is available
  • Internal GPS/SBAS receiver is compatible with WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS for worldwide coverage
  • Large number of interface options make this a great retrofit FMS.

About MC2

Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) is a leader in avionics sales, services, repair, design and  certification. Their expertise covers all forms of airborne communication, cabin entertainment  systems, TCAS, EGPWS, TAWS, RVSM and EFB applications.

For additional information please consult the MC2 website or contact Bill Arsenault.


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