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CMC’s PilotView EFB Approved in Gulfstreams, Falcons and Globals

 - November 16, 2006, 10:47 AM

Pentastar Aviation of Waterford, Michigan, has gained supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for dual installations of CMC Electronics’ PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers in the Gulfstream G100, G150, GII, GII, III, GIV GV and GV-SP business jets and Dassault Falcon 2000/2000EX. The STC also covers the Westwind, Astra and Astra SPX.

The STC covers a yoke-mounted EFB setup that gives operators the ability to display Jeppesen nav charts and graphical weather information. CMC’s PilotView EFB enables pre-flight planning and access to aircraft documentation, checklists and flight-planning information. Display of electronic charts, moving map, enhanced-vision camera views and graphical real-time weather information are among the unit’s capabilities.

Qualification to RCTA DO-160D (the highest standard for avionics certification) and a design with no moving parts help assure reliability, according to CMC. An 8.4-inch color touch-sensitive display offers good readability in sunlight. In addition to line select keys, the EFB features an integrated, slide-down keyboard. A unique feature of the product is a one-touch video key that enables the pilot to toggle between the current application and images from video surveillance systems.

CMC also announced that Lufthansa Bombardier Aircraft Services (LBAS) of Berlin, Germany, has installed PilotView in a Global Express. The installation used an STC that LBAS purchased from ABC Completions of Montreal. It covers a side-mounted EFB solution, providing Global Express operators with the capability to display the Jeppesen charts and to use the PilotView unit as an alternate display for enhanced vision.