Paris Air Show

CMC shows satcom antennas, EFB

 - December 15, 2006, 4:44 AM

CMC Electronics is here at the Paris Air Show with a compact satcom antenna, an integrated glass cockpit for helicopters, a second-generation electronic flight bag (EFB) and a new line of opto-electronic components.

As many equipment manufacturers this year, CMC (Hall 3 Stand D7) is boasting its presence on the Airbus A380. In the case of the former Canadian Marconi, it is a new, high-gain satcom antenna mounted on the A380 displayed here. For the CMA-2102LW, the company claims a lighter weight. “Our antenna family has a 75-percent market share on twin-aisle airliners,” president and CEO Jean-Pierre Mortreux told Aviation International News on the eve of the show.

For smaller aircraft, CMC is launching a compact antenna dubbed SatLite. It supports Inmarsat Aero-H, Aero-H+, Swift64 and the new SwiftBroadband satellite communications services. With a weight of only 7.6 kilograms, it is targeted at business, regional and narrowbody jets. “The SatLite antenna is the only compact one to meet the new-generation Arinc 781 standard,” Mortreux insisted.

For the first time here, CMC is displaying its Heli 4000 integrated glass cockpit. Aimed at rotary-wing aircraft, it comprises the FV-4000 open-architecture mission computer, the CMA-4000 flight and display management system and multifunction displays. Part of the system can be the HeliHawk overhead head-up display (HUD).

CMC is offering a second-generation, Class-2 EFB called PilotView. It features a touchscreen and functions such as video surveillance and real-time weather capability.

The newly launched opto-electronic product line starts with a 1,550-nanometer receiver module based on low-noise, high-gain gallium arsenide avalanche photodiode modules. “Application can be laser-range finding–in other words, determining the distance to a target,” Andy Krilick, CMC marketing and business development director, told AIN. It can also be laser profiling. A 905-nanometer laser pulser can be used for laser designation. Hermetically sealed fiber pigtailed transceiver/receiver modules can be used for communication purposes to transmit data. Last in the line, a 1064-nanometer custom silicon and avalanche photodiode module can find applications in laser designation, laser radar and proximity fuses.

In Switzerland, CMC has just delivered a first SureSight M-Series enhanced vision system (EVS) to Pilatus for the PC-12 single-engine turboprop.