Duncan Aviation Completes First Ever Honeywell NZ-2000 FMS WAAS/LPV Certification in a Falcon 900B

LINCOLN, NEB. — Duncan Aviation’s Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) has just issued the first ever Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for certification of Wide Area Augmentation System - Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (WAAS/LPV) in the Dassault Falcon 900B aircraft.

This solution consists of a software upgrade to the Honeywell NZ-2000 Flight Management System (FMS) and the installation of GPS WAAS/LPV receivers.

“We are very pleased to work collaboratively with Honeywell to bring another milestone software upgrade to the market,” says Steve Elofson, Avionics Installation Sales Manager for Duncan Aviation. “In September, we completed this upgrade in a Challenger 601-3A and we know there are hundreds more operators with Honeywell NZ-2000 systems across multiple jet models who will upgrade in the coming years to take advantage of WAAS/LPV benefits.”

Chad Cundiff, Vice President of Crew Interface with Honeywell Aerospace, has this to say: “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 U.S. 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 1/2 mile visibility). With a multitude of additional features such as Circle to Land Approaches, Multiple Approaches, TACAN approaches, Vectors to Final, Baro Vnav, Auto Hold to Altitude, Enroute Holds, Cross Loading, Magnetic Variation, GPS time, and more.

For more information about Honeywell’s FMS 6.1 and 7.1 software upgrade, please visit www.flywhatsnext.com.

Duncan Aviation can perform the upgrade in 10 business days, Elfoson says. In addition to the FMS upgrade, he encourages operators to consider adding Honeywell’s SmartRunway™ and SmartLanding™ features to their existing Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System. These software upgrades provide the latest in situational awareness, and Duncan Aviation received an AML STC for their installation in September 2010.

In addition to the Falcon 900B and the Challenger 601-3A, Duncan Aviation holds STCs for WAAS/LPV upgrades on the Learjet 31A , Learjet 45 and Challenger 600/601 aircraft.

To find out more about WAAS/LPV upgrades for your aircraft, please contact any member of the Duncan Aviation Avionics Sales Team at either of Duncan Aviation’s full-service locations: Battle Creek, Mich., 800.525.2376 or Lincoln, Neb., 800.228.4277.

To learn more about WAAS and LPV certification, visit www.DuncanAviation.aero/waas

For answers to common questions about WAAS/LPV, download the “WAAS Answers From Industry Experts” field guide.

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 a maintenance facility in Provo, Utah, more than 20 satellite avionics facilities and eight engine Rapid Response Team facilities strategically located throughout the United States.

For more information about any of Duncan Aviation’s services, contact us at 402.475.2611 or 800.228.4277. Or visit us on the web at www.DuncanAviation.aero