New Falcon 50EX FANS STC
First Transport Canada FANS Retrofit Certification AchievedMid-Canada Mod Center Receives Approval for the Installation of Universal Avionics’ UniLink® CMU On a Falcon 50EX with FANSTUCSON, AZ – Universal Avionics announces Authorized Dealer, Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2), has achieved the much anticipated, first Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Future Air Navigation System (FANS) certification with the UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit (CMU). The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) was issued for MC2’s FANS installation on a Falcon 50EX.The FANS aircraft upgrade includes Universal Avionics’ UniLink® UL-801 Communications Management Unit (CMU), UNS-1Ew SBAS-Flight Management System (FMS) and CVR-120R Cockpit Voice Recorder for FANS data link message recording. The installation of this package provides the business operator with the use and benefits of Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C). In addition, Universal Avionics’ UniLink UL-800/801 CMU provides a path to EUROCONTROL’s Link 2000+ Programme.Universal Avionics’ Canadian Regional Sales Manager, Norm Matheis, currently spends much of his time working with operators who have voiced their frustration over the lack of OEM-produced solutions available today. “Our Authorized Dealers who tackle first-of-a-kind retrofits help make Universal Avionics what it is today,” said Norm. “Once again, Bill Arsenault and his team at Mid-Canada Mod saw and heard a need, this time a FANS STC, and just got it done,” he added.The business operator of this Falcon 50EX frequently flies in the North Atlantic Track System (NATS) and will now be able to achieve significant operational efficiencies through their investment in FANS technology. FANS considerably improves communication capabilities in oceanic areas, improving safety and performance within the operating environment. High Frequency (HF) traffic is reduced, clearing the channel, and poor quality of HF is no longer an issue. Also, standardized CPDLC message sets remove language barriers, helping to lower the stress on the crew and Air Traffic Controllers (ATC). Additional FANS benefits include reduced separation between aircraft, data link communication, no altitude loss when crossing tracks and more direct routings.In speaking about this mod, Bill Arsenault, V.P. of MC2 states, “It is an exciting time to be in the avionics business. Achieving the first FANS STC for a Falcon 50EX presented us an opportunity that we knew would result in something of great value to the entire Falcon 50EX fleet. The co-operative effort of both Universal Avionics and MC2 has resulted in a mod that provides a great solution for these aircraft. Challenges such as this are a real opportunity to bring manufacturers and service/development specialists like us together to collaborate and bring added value to the aftermarket.”For more information regarding FANS, including Universal Avionics’ FANS solutions, visit www.uasc.com/fans. You may also visit the MC2 website http://www.midcanadamod.com.***About Universal Avionics Systems Corporation Universal Avionics is a leading manufacturer of innovative avionics systems offered as retrofit and forward-fit solutions for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. Markets served include Business, Special Missions, Government/Military, Airline (regional/commercial), Helicopter and OEM. To learn more about Universal Avionics, visit www.uasc.com/company/about.aspx.About Mid-Canada Mod CenterMid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) has been in business since 1996 (AMO #59-97). Their primary focus is in providing industry-leading avionics expertise to the corporate and 2nd tier commercial aviation markets. MC2 specialties include ADS-B, FANS, SBAS-FMS with LPV, cabin entertainment and communication systems including the latest in Satcom, Wi-Fi applications and cockpit redesign/modernization. They are also experts in TCAS, EGPWS, TAWS, RVSM and EFB applications. Located in the North End Business Aviation area of Lester B Pearson International Airport (LBPIA) - CYYZ, the MC2 facilities are easily accessed by air or road, fully-secure and central to many other related aviation support providers. They also provide 24/7 AOG service. www.midcanadamod.com.Download PDF
MC2 working with Centennial College Avionics Students
Media Announcement Date: March 25, 2014Subject: MC2 gives back with Centennial College in shaping future avionics techsFor Immediate Publication Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA – Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) are pleased to announce that they are working co-operatively with Centennial College Toronto Ontario (Canada) in providing first hand experience to avionics students through a job-shadowing programme.Centennial’s Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance programme is offered under the college’s School of Transportation and is a full Ontario College Diploma Post-secondary program lasting 2 years/ 4 semesters. This programme provides students with the knowledge and skills to start their career as an aircraft maintenance engineer. The program is Transport Canada (TC) accredited for experience and exam credit towards the issuance of an AME license; and is accredited by the Canadian Council of Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) as meeting the national occupational standard for avionics maintenance training.
A creative and forward thinking part of the course of study involves students going into the “field” and gaining experience by shadowing avionics technicians who currently work for service providers in the industry. As case in point, two of Centennial’s students are currently “shadowing” at MC2 once a week from February through to April. During this work experience, the students are given the opportunity to become part of a professional avionics maintenance operation and get a real taste for the job. While every such opportunity has its own agenda, MC2 ensures that their assigned students do more than simply observe.According to Bill Arsenault – VP of MC2, “We believe the best experience is by actually doing something – not just observing. And I feel strongly about working with the education community to help our future possible employees. When the Centennial Avionics students come to us each day, we make sure they participate with us in different aspects of the job and gain hands-on, fully supervised experience. Our team is more than happy to share their knowledge and offer the chance to take the theories garnered from the classroom and see how to apply them in the real-time aviation environment. I feel this approach will bring us the opportunity to hire good people down the road who know us and vise versa. It’s also good to be giving back – even with a small gesture like this. We really enjoy having the students with us. ”"We are grateful to each of our participating industry partners for their continued support of the program in making these opportunities possible.” States Lan Wong – the Centennial College faculty member responsible for the job-shadowing program for all avionics students. “It is an extremely important first step for our students into the industry, allowing them to gain valuable real world experience as part of their training. Mid-Canada Mod Centre has been incredibly supportive in offering job-shadowing placements to selected senior avionics students year after year, and their genuine interest in expanding the scope of training for our students is invaluable. These are busy people in this industry who continuously invest their time and resources in building a strong aviation community by reaching out to students, and they make a very real difference."About the college:Centennial College is Ontario’s first community college, established in 1966, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and seven satellite locations. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building.About MC2 . . .MC2 has been in business since 1996 (AMO #59-97). Their primary focus is in providing industry leading avionics expertise to the corporate and 2nd tier commercial aviation markets. MC2 specialties include ADS-B, FANS, WAAS FMS with LPV, cabin entertainment and communication systems including the latest in Satcom, Wi-Fi applications and cockpit redesign/modernization. They are also experts in TCAS, EGPWS, TAWS, RVSM and EFB applications.Located in the North End Business Aviation area of Lester B Pearson International Airport (LBPIA) - CYYZ, the MC2 facilities are easily accessed by air or road, fully secure and central to many other related aviation support providers. They also provide 24/7 AOG service.- 30 -Please feel welcome to contact Bill Arsenault at Mid-Canada Mod Center. By telephone at (905) 673-9918 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.For a high resolution copy of the photos please contact Rob Seaman – email@example.com. /sites/default/files/centennialcoop2014%20.pdf