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Howell Leading the Way in Data Acquisition

Howell’s H396 Series Data Acquisition System promises great potential for the commercial market. Designed for launch customer Universal Avionics Systems Corporation, the system features a customized Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) as well as a data monitor for recording engine information and configuration module for more specific measurements. All three elements work together to provide accurate engine parameters as well as advanced engine performance information.

The system is an integral part of Universal’s InSight™ Integrated Flight Deck upgrade for the Next Generation MD Explorer Helicopter. As a leading manufacturer of avionics systems and retrofit solutions, Universal Avionics sought to provide advanced data acquisition capabilities to their existing Primary Flight Displays. Howell Instruments proposed a solution in the H396 Series. With over 60 years of experience and technical expertise in data acquisition and analysis, Howell’s partnership with Universal Avionics was a natural marriage.

Bill Milton comments, “Combining the resources of Universal Avionics’ expertise in glass displays and our data analysis abilities creates exciting possibilities for the aviation community. This particular application has huge potential for the commercial market. The Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) that we’re building is highly capable and agile, so it has the potential for expanded functionality.”

Similar to Howell’s new line of H9900 Series Indicators, the DAU features a unique modular architecture so that the same basic design can accommodate a wide array of applications with minimal software and hardware modifications. This increases production efficiency and saves engineering and manufacturing hours, resulting in a high-quality, cost-efficient product for the market.

Milton concludes, “We’re working to provide flight crews with a cost-effective solution to obtain critical information when they need it. It’s all about making the operation of the aircraft safer.”

Go to to watch a video featuring the H396 Series DAU, or visit us at booth #N617 to find out more.

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