Universal Avionics and IFR Avionics have launched the first Gulfstream III flightdeck retrofit with EFI-890R flat panel-displays and the Universal-developed Vision-1 synthetic vision system (SVS). Supplemental type certification (STC) is expected "early in the first quarter of 2007", says Arizona-based Universal, adding that California-based IFR Avionics is "also looking for a Gulfstream II candidate aircraft to add to this STC". The SVS provides a three-dimensional terrain image instead of the traditional blue/brown artificial horizon. Universal is also upgrading the Dassault Falcon 50 with EFI-890R dislays and SVS.
ZR lite testing
Raisbeck Engineering has begun certification of its ZR Lite performance enhancement system on the Bombardier Learjet 31A. The drag-reduction modification is already available for the older Learjet 35/36, and was first flight tested on a Wal-Mart Learjet 31A in April. Certification testing began in September.
CAE's first Dassault Falcon 7X flight simulator is undergoing acceptance testing at its new centre in New Jersey, with training scheduled to begin in March. A Gulfstream IV simulator will begin training at the centre early next year, followed by a SikorskyS-76B/C+ in the first quarter and a Falcon 900EX/2000EX EASy in the second quarter. A second Falcon 7X simulator is undergoing testing at CAE's Burgess Hill, UK centre, with training to begin in 2007.