NBAA Convention News

CMC a ubiquitous presence in dozens of bizav products

 - October 1, 2008, 6:45 AM

“When you think of a Honeywell navigation system, it’s in fact, built on a CMC unit,” said Bruce Bailey, v-p of commercial aviation at CMC Electronics, which is exhibiting in Orlando this week in Booth No. 2967. “We’re kind of like the campaign for ‘Intel Inside’ with regard to a number of brands. We’ve probably got 15,000 to 20,000 GPS sensors in the field in almost any platform, and of course we put it in our own FMS. We’ve been working at letting people know all this.”

CMC Electronics, which, a little over a year ago, was acquired by Esterline Corp. of Bellevue, Wash., is focusing its attention here this week on its electronic flight bag (EFB) line. “In 2001 we were probably doing 10 percent of commercial aviation sales in the bizav sector,” said Bailey. “We’re just closing on next year’s budget but I expect it to be in the 40-percent range. The key areas are flight bags and enhanced-vision systems. The market sector itself is growing. Ten years ago EFBs did not exist, and now we’re on our second-generation version and we’re shipping 100 per month.”

The company’s PilotView EFB is a Class 2 unit with an XGA display to enable paperless access to aircraft data, procedures manuals and interactive charts.
CMC is also displaying its SureSight integrated sensory systems for third-generation and improved second-generation enhanced flight vision systems (EFVS) introduced last year. It is showing the CMA-2600i for the Challenger 605 and the CMA-2700 for the Bombardier Global Vision flight deck.

“In terms of captured market we have about 70 percent in the high end of infrared cameras that have achieved landing credits, as opposed to the low-end EVS for situational awareness,” said Bailey. “We’ve been selected for the Challenger 605 for delivery next year. In a couple of years we’ll be supplying the next generations of the Global Express with zour next-generation EVS, with much higher resolution,” said Bailey.