U.S. using TacView in AC-130s
CMC Electronics (Stand E230) is providing its new TacView portable mission display for AC-130 gunships operated by U.S. Air Force special operations units in conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq. The displays come in a dual installation for paperless cockpit operations, including aircraft data and procedures manuals, interactive electronic charts and improved situational awareness, using USAF’s Falcon- View mission planning system.
TacView consists of a self-contained night-vision imaging system, compatible smart display and companion power supply/interface module. It provides functionality enhancements for military transports, fighters and helicopters, without the need to modify the aircraft’s existing operational flight program.
Functions that TacView can host include tactical datalink display for network-centric communications, portable mission planning, digital moving map, weather imagery, electronic aeronautical charts and targeting pod imaging. TacView also functions as an electronic flight bag (EFB) for military aircraft.
The TacView’s sunlight readable five- by seven-inch display features an integrated sliding keyboard, film-on-glass touch-sensitive screen and bezel keys. CMC based the design of the TacView display on its own PilotView EFB. The Austrian air force recently decided to equip the flight decks of three standard C-130 aircraft with a dual installation of the PilotView EFB. PilotView remains the sole OEM EFB option at Dassault, Gulfstream, Pilatus and Sino Swearingen. Rockwell Collins recently selected it for the Bombardier Global business jet platform, as did Embraer for the E170/190 airliners and Avions de Transport Regional for the ATR 42 and ATR 72 regional turboprops.