CMC adds WSI wx to PilotView EFB

 - May 3, 2010, 9:31 AM

Real-time graphical weather, text and datalink radar via the Iridium satellite network is one of the most recent features added to the PilotView 8.4-inch CMA-1100 MkII and 10.4-inch CMA-1410 electronic flight bags (EFBs) produced by Esterline CMC Electronics.

CMC (Booth No. 670) is offering the WSI weather products with the Avidyne MLX770 two-way datalink receiver. The Avidyne network provides seamless operation for graphical weather and radar in Europe, Australia and North America. WSI Weather, based on the Iridium satellite system, also provides worldwide winds and temperatures aloft, lightning, metars and tafs and satellite infrared. The hardware adds approximately four pounds to a CMC EFB installation; it also provides text messaging and flight-tracking ability.

CMC is now the world’s number-one producer of Class 2 EFBs, with well over 2,000 units shipped. “We are now producing our third-generation EFB with a 10.4-inch display, which has had good success and has been chosen by Boeing for the 737NG family [including the BBJ],” CMC president Greg Yeldon told AIN. The STC for this system is expected this year and, with the 10.4-inch display units having the same form-fit functionality as the earlier systems with smaller displays, installation is straightforward.

The Canadian avionics group also has announced that ABC Completions of Montreal, Quebec, recently received supplemental type certificate (STC) approval to install the CMA-1410 on the Bombardier Challenger 605 and 604. As part of the installation, ABC Completions provides a custom-made telescopic articulating mount, which places the PilotView EFB in the optimum position for viewing and usage, while maintaining safe operations of all cockpit controls. ABC Completions has also completed STCs for the CMA-1410 on Bombardier Global Express family, with several installations in progress.

The European Aviation Safety Agency recently granted CMC STC approval for installation of PilotView on Airbus A320s. Developed by Aeroconseil, an aircraft modification and design company in Toulouse, France, the PilotView EFB STC is
also applicable to the Airbus fleet of narrowbody corporate aircraft: A318 Elite, Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) and A320 Prestige. The launch customer
is Air Mediterranée, a French charter airline.

“Pilots will appreciate the added flexibility and functionality that our PilotView EFB brings to the A320 cockpit,” said Jean-Michel Comtois, Esterline CMC Electronics vice president of marketing and sales for government and public affairs. “As our Class 2 EFB operates independently of the certified avionics suite, A320 operators will have the opportunity to introduce new functionalities to the aircraft. With the PilotView CMA-1100 EFB, CMC provides features such as ‘FMS-style’ line select keys, a high-resolution, fully dimmable display, integrated communication capabilities and DO-160D qualification.”

There are now more than 25 STCs available for the PilotView EFB. The company claims the PilotView is currently the only Class 2 EFB with factory forward-fit installation positions at aircraft OEMs. The EFB is offered as a standard option at Dassault and ATR, and has been selected by Rockwell Collins for the Bombardier Global platform, by Embraer for the E-170/190 and Legacy/Lineage programs, by Bombardier for the CRJ700/ 900/1000 and by Boeing for the Next-Generation B737 and BBJ aircraft. It is also approved for the Gulfstream IV and V and Bombardier Global Express, 5000 and XRS.

“We are continuing to enhance the processor and we are working with partners to expand the range of applications for the EFB, such as cockpit display terminal information,” said Yeldon. “We are also keeping an eye on new industry drivers such as NextGen and Sesar [the new air traffic management systems for, respectively, North America and Europe]. Improved situational awareness will be one of the main safety benefits of these new systems.

Enhanced Vision Embraced

CMC is also developing its third generation of enhanced vision systems and Rockwell Collins is flight-testing the EVS 2700 model for the Global Vision cockpit it is developing for Bombardier Global XRS and 5000. This system is expected to complete certification in 2011. The main difference from earlier systems is improved resolution.

The company has delivered more than 300 units for Bombardier’s Global Express and 5000. The second-generation 2600I system was recently certified for the Challenger 500.

“We are looking at next-generation cockpit technologies that will bring us toward an integrated cockpit with an integrated modular avionics system, and we are making long-term investments in this,” said Yeldon. “The cockpit side of business has grown a lot in recent years and we are developing reputation as cockpit systems integrator.”