Esterline CMC (Booth T87) is celebrating a couple of milestone contract awards here at the Singapore Airshow this week, as well as showcasing its main avionics products–including its popular Cockpit 9000 CNS/ATM update solution for legacy Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft. This is aimed at extending the service life of 20-40 year-old aircraft by up to 30 years, future-proofing them against advances in ATC technology.
Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) is displaying its Cockpit 9000 upgrade solution for C-130 and other transport aircraft at this year’s Dubai Airshow (Stand 1451). The integrated avionics system can extend the service life of a 20- to 40-year-old aircraft by another 30 years at a fraction of the cost of a new aircraft, the company contends.
Esterline CMC Electronics (Booth No. 4234) is showcasing the features of its TacView portable mission display, with the emphasis on “portable.”
CMC Electronics expects the first applications of its FronTier range of integrated cockpit systems to enter service before the end of 2013. The Canadian company is seeking to challenge the dominance of Honeywell and Rockwell Collins in the Part 25 business jet market segment by developing a competitor to the Primus Epic and Pro Line avionics suites.
“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.
A “major bizjet manufacturer” will announce here at the NBAA show that it has selected CMC Electronics’ SureSight enhanced vision system (EVS) for inclusion on one or more of its aircraft, according to a spokesman.
Canada’s CMC Electronics is the beneficiary of a $17 million “repayable investment” by Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC), a government-sponsored fund developed to spur economic growth in high-technology markets in Canada. With the grant, CMC will launch a $56 million research and development effort aimed at developing advanced vision systems, next-generation aviation communications systems and specialized GPS receivers.
Canada’s CMC Electronics announced it has signed an agreement to acquire head-up display (HUD) maker Flight Visions of Sugar Grove, Ill. Jim Close, CMC Electronics president, said the acquisition will allow the company to expand the scope of its military aviation cockpit modernization programs for trainers and jets.
CMC Electronics is showcasing its newest Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB), specifically designed for military helicopters and called TacView. The 5- by 7-inch flat-panel unit is being demonstrated at the CMC booth (No. 2424) with imagery from CMC’s uncooled infrared sensor-based enhanced-vision system. The night-vision- goggle-compatible TacView is a derivative of CMC’s PilotView EFB for civil applications.
Canada’s CMC Electronics, the former Canadian Marconi, reported it has completed a second set of flight trials of its enhanced vision system, which uses a small infrared camera to capture a real-world view outside and ahead of the airplane and overlay it on a HUD.
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