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CMC has third gen of SureSight EVS system

 - September 26, 2007, 8:17 AM

CMC Electronics (Booth No. 7433) unveiled the third generation of its SureSight enhanced-vision system (EVS) at a press conference on Monday. The CMA-2700 features next-generation digital signal processing, a high-resolution 640- by 512-pixel focal plane array and has level-B certification to DO-178B and DO-254, the highest level yet for an integrated sensor system. Rockwell Collins has selected the system for the Bombardier Global Vision flight deck and for the Global 5000 and Global Express XRS.

“We are very pleased to be working with Bombardier and Rockwell Collins on the new Global Vision flight deck and supplying an integrated sensor system for the Bombardier enhanced vision system [BEVS],” said Jean-Pierre Mortreux, president and CEO of Montreal-based CMC.

The new EVS is designed to work with digital HUD systems, and CMC expects to see increased demand for the product as more OEMs and aftermarket providers migrate to digital HUD technology.

The press conference also provided an opportunity for CMC to report on the state of the company since its acquisition in March this year by Esterline, an aerospace consortium based in Bellevue, Wash. Esterline owns several companies whose products share cockpit space with CMC’s offerings.

“We were pleased to go from financial investors to strategic investors,” Mortreaux said. “It brings more value to the integration of our systems.”

The company has recently put more emphasis on selling its products in the commercial sector, such as electronic flight bag products that ATR will install in some of its airliners. But Mortreaux also reiterated CMC’s objective of concentrating on the business side of aviation.

“I told you last year that we would increase our presence in business aviation,” Mortreaux said, introducing data that marked the company’s progress in this area. In 2005, 10 percent of the company’s revenues came from business aviation. This year the figure is 29 percent, and CMC projects business aviation will account for 34 percent of its revenues next year.

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