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Date: November 10, 2011
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

History Associates Writes the History of Universal Avionics

Richly illustrated history book published for company’s 30th anniversary celebration

History Associates, the leading U.S. historical research firm, announces the publication of the history of Universal Avionics.  Thirty Years of Innovation, written by Dr. Kenneth D. Durr, was unveiled at the company’s 30th anniversary celebration at the National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, in mid-October.

“We are very proud of our 30-year history and it was fitting to celebrate it at the National Business Aviation Show,” said Paul DeHerrera, COO of Universal Avionics, noting that the 1982 NBAA convention was pivotal to the successful launch of the company. “The people at History Associates worked with us in close collaboration on extremely tight deadlines.  They delivered a well-written manuscript with historic photos and images, ensuring we had a beautiful, illustrated book in time to distribute at the meeting.”

Dr. Durr is an accomplished historian who has published business histories in numerous industries, including manufacturing, science, and technology.  To prepare the book, Dr. Durr began with background research on the aviation industry.  Working on a three month timeline, he traveled to the company’s archives in Tucson, Arizona, to conduct documentary and photo research, supplementing this material with several in-person and telephone interviews of key company personnel.  As the manuscript drafts took shape, he worked with the company’s project team to gather appropriate images and photos to supplement the text.

hist-uasc-coverThe book recounts how Universal Avionics became an innovative leader in avionics systems, beginning when founder Hubert L. Naimer led the development of the first Flight Management System.  Over the next three decades, the company patented numerous avionics systems that help improve flight safety for all types of aircraft.

To read a copy of the book online, visit

About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

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