Duncan Aviation and Honeywell Jointly Develop WAAS/LPV Upgrade for Falcon 900s

Primus Epic CDS/R is a liquid crystal display retrofit system which now provides WAAS-LPV functions that enable compliance with future air navigation mandates.


LINCOLN, NEB. — Duncan Aviation and Honeywell have partnered to develop software for and certify Wide Area Augmentation System-Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (WAAS/LPV) upgrade capabilities for Honeywell Primus Epic CDS/R-equipped Falcon 900 aircraft.

“Through an unprecedented amount of teamwork and collaboration between our two companies, the Glass Box program for the Falcon 900 has taken a huge step forward with the addition of WAAS/LPV capability to aircraft equipped with Honeywell’s Primus Epic CDS/R solution,” said Gary Harpster, Senior Avionics Installations Marketing Rep., Duncan Aviation. Primus Epic CDS/R is a liquid crystal display retrofit system which now provides WAAS-LPV functions that enable compliance with future air navigation mandates.

This functionality will enable pilots to operate with lower approach minima, allowing for more flights to land in lower visibility and low overcast conditions. There are more than 2,300 WAAS/LPV approaches in the United States, with new approaches being added on a regular basis. The upgrade provides ILS-like guidance down to near CAT I ILS minimums (as low as 200 feet with ½ mile visibility). With a multitude of additional features such as Circle to Land Approaches, Multiple Approaches, TACAN Approaches, Vectors to Final, Auto Hold to Altitude, Enroute Holds and more.

Harpster said Honeywell and Duncan Aviation have both invested in the CDS/R cockpit panel upgrade solution, with Duncan Aviation having installed the major panel retrofit in 16 aircraft, including the Falcon 900, the Hawker 800A, the Hawker 1000, and the Gulfstream GIII.

“This WAAS/LPV upgrade shows the commitment our companies have to providing needed technology today while evolving the system to meet the future needs that operators will have. Duncan Aviation and Honeywell experts are working with European officials to understand the requirements for an EASA validation and EGNOS certification. Our team has the foundation necessary to make a European installation happen relatively quickly once these requirements are clarified,” Harpster said.

Duncan Aviation will be exhibiting at EBACE May 17-19 at Booth #7001. For more information about Duncan Aviation’s EBACE presence, visit www.DuncanAviation.aero/ebace.

Introduced in 2004, Duncan Aviation’s Glass Box Project is a focused effort to make available the latest in emerging flat-panel retrofit technology. The benefits of increased safety, reduced pilot workload and increased aircraft value have made the Glass Box Project upgrades popular for those who would rather upgrade their aircraft than buy new. For more information about Duncan Aviation’s Glass Box Project, visit www.DuncanAviation.aero/gbp.

Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections and maintenance, engine services, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems in addition to full paint and interior services and aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at 800.228.1836 or 402.475.4125 (international) who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory/propeller repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. Additional locations include more than 20 satellite avionics facilities strategically located throughout the United States and a maintenance facility in Provo, Utah. For more information about any of Duncan Aviation’s services, contact us at 402.475.2611 or 800.228.4277 or visit www.DuncanAviation.aero.

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