Universal Avionics and CMC Electronics Form Alliance
Universal Avionics president and CEO Ted Naimer (left) and CMC Electronics president and CEO Jean-Pierre Mortreux signed a multiyear distributor agreement here yesterday afternoon that clears the path for Universal to market CMC’s M-Series infrared enhanced-vision system. The executives said the alliance is only the beginning of a much closer relationship for the companies, which are jointly exploring a broad range of areas where marketing and engineering partnerships could aid both. Naimer stressed, however, that a merger is not on the horizon. Instead, he said the companies decided to form the alliance to leverage the largely complementary technology each sells to business aircraft operators and OEMs. Naimer and Mortreux have even started discussions about developing a combined enhanced- and synthetic-vision system that would mate CMC’s infrared camera with Universal’s Vision 1 SVS. The M-Series EVS, meanwhile, initially will be used with Universal’s UCD electronic flight bag, and later will be shown on the nav display in its EFI-890R cockpit. List price for the camera system is $66,000.