CMC Updates SmartDeck and Adds iPad EFB Functionality

NBAA Convention News » 2011
CMC says its Tandem software will let operators make optimal use of tablets computers on the ground and Class 2/3 PilotView EFBs installed in their aircraft.
October 11, 2011, 4:13 PM

Esterline CMC Electronics is featuring the latest version of its SmartDeck avionics suite as well as an array of its PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) products. CMC’s attention to EFBs also includes Tandem, a new software app that helps integrate mobile devices such as the iPad with CMC’s certified EFBs.

CMC says its Tandem software will let operators make optimal use of tablets computers on the ground and Class 2/3 PilotView EFBs installed in their aircraft. Pilots will be able to use their iPads away from the airport to acquire weather information, compose and file flight plans, review aircraft documents, calculate weight and balance data, determine fuel requirements and other preflight activity. Upon arriving at the aircraft, the crew can use their iPads to interface with the aircraft-mounted EFBs, transferring data to the aircraft, taking advantage of the iPad’s and the EFB’s capabilities. For many aircraft operators, the robust nature and extensive testing of the Class 2 certified EFB is a requirement. But with Tandem, crews can plan flights well ahead of time and wirelessly connect to the cockpit system.

CMC has announced STC approvals for its 10.4-inch Class 2 PilotView EFB on the Boeing 737-700 BBJ as well as the -600, -700C, -800, -900 and -900ER models of the 737. The cockpit information system has also gained EASA certification for installation on the Embraer EMB-135BJ regional airliner. A recent PilotView EFB enhancement is introduction of the new Intel Dual Core i7 processor into all versions to deliver high-end graphics capabilities.

The Quebec, Canada-based firm is also showcasing its SmartDeck integrated avionics suite, which now features a new, second-generation highway-in-the-sky display symbology and a new three-display, dual-pilot configuration. The new symbology is geared to meet the needs of pilots of Class II and Class III aircraft. Greg Plantz, director of marketing and sales for SmartDeck, said, “Our primary goal will be to provide clear, understandable information that pilots can use, while eliminating much of the clutter that adds no measureable benefits.” Plantz said the SmartDeck’s advanced architecture supports scalability to various types of aircraft, including growth capability for future advances in air traffic management associated with the development of the next generation air traffic control system (NextGen).

CMC president Greg Yelden told AIN the company is coming off a second consecutive record fiscal year this month. “It’s been a very active and successful period of time, especially over the last couple of years,” he said. CMC’s business profile is roughly 50/50 commercial/military, with the commercial side split roughly 60/40 between retrofit and OEM business, respectively.

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