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Touchscreen EFIS control display unit makes progress
The ongoing development of EFIS systems to provide simpler pilot experiences continues apace, and Universal Avionics has taken a step towards certification of its new 'point and click' control display unit.
Universal Avionics' latest touchscreen EFIS control display unit.

Universal Avionics has received FAA technical standard order (TSO) authorisation for its touchscreen EFIS control display unit (ECDU) for the InSight display system. The touch ECDU has been designed to provide fast, easy access of InSight user control and input. The STC is expected Q1 2019.

This latest offering further improves the InSight display system, says Universal, and is available in touchscreen or non-touchscreen versions. Both ECDU models combine multiple InSight system controls, including the flight displays, FMS, radios, traffic and terrain into a centralised control device.

“We are excited to announce TSO approval well within the promised schedule,” says Dan Reida, UA vice president of sales, marketing and support. “The touch ECDU offers our customers a new option for programming InSight, improving upon the already easy-to-use system. It provides a well sought-after man-machine interface and is a smarter way to utilise touchscreen technology.”

The ECDU eliminates the need for external panels that take up valuable cockpit space by integrating with the PFD/MFD and standalone radios. The touch ECDU combines the functionality of the traditional ECDU with an even more intuitive interface for an enhanced, easy user experience. Operators can now use the touch ECDU, cursor control panel, or both for intuitive 'point and click' system control.

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