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Safely guiding pilots and their passengers worldwide for over 40 years.

Universal Avionics safely guides pilots and their passengers with forward fit and retrofit solutions flying on more than 35,000 airplanes and helicopters today. As a leading provider of innovative avionics, we improve safety and efficiency for airline and cargo operations, business aviation, and special missions. 

Universal's connectivity ecosystem provides pilots with an integrated ‘head-up/head-down’ experience to simplify operations and unlock autonomous capabilities. Solutions include navigation, electronic display, terrain awareness, recorders, enhanced flight vision systems, and synthetic vision systems for aerospace applications. From the design, development, manufacture, certification, repair, and support of our technology, we focus on quality and dependability.  

Universal is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., a major defense manufacturer and world leader in military aerospace. Connect What’s Next with complete situational awareness and new capabilities to advance flight. Next is Now.

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Our History

The company’s journey began when founder, Hubert L. Naimer, formulated the details of a "Master Navigation System", which led to the development of the world's first Flight Management System. Over 40 years later, Universal Avionics has expanded its product line and delivered breakthrough technologies to the industry that offer incredible safety improvements, situational awareness, and operational benefits for operators.

Today, the organization is led by CEO Dror Yahav, an ex-fighter pilot with a vision of how mission-driven technologies can be adapted to help commercial pilots. Universal brings next-generation avionics systems inspired by military applications to the aviation market to optimize how pilots fly and advance the future of flight.

Quick Facts

What We Do: Design, development, manufacture, certification, repair, and support of innovative avionics

Primary Product Lines:
Navigation, Electronic Display, Terrain Awareness, Recorder, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems, and Synthetic Vision Systems for Aerospace Applications.

Primary Markets: Large turbine aircraft, helicopters, and special missions

Headquartered: Tucson, Arizona, USA

CEO: Dror Yahav

Year Founded: 1981

A History of Innovative Firsts

  • Multi-Sensor Navigation System
  • Scanning DME function
  • 80-Minute Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR)
  • Solid-state CVR
  • Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) with internal Recorder Independent Power Supply (RIPS)
  • Vision-1®, the first Synthetic Vision System (SVS) certified by the FAA
  • Class 3 cockpit display for electronic flight charts

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