In the next few years, CMC Electronics, Canada’s largest avionics maker and an important player in a number of niche markets, plans to develop an integrated avionics system for business jets that will pit the company directly against industry heavyweights Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.
Synthetic vision system
Montreal-based CMC Electronics announced plans on Tuesday to invest nearly $150 million in research and development for a new integrated avionics suite called FronTier. Canada’s Innovation & Technology Office will kick in another $52.3 million over the five-year R&D period in support of the project.
It didn’t take long for competitors to introduce synthetic-vision system (SVS) avionics enhancements after Garmin last spring removed the cloak of secrecy from its long-anticipated synthetic-vision technology (SVT) upgrade for the G1000 avionics system.
The launch of the super-midsize Gulfstream G250 at October’s NBAA Convention added yet another program to the growing list of contract wins for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system. Four OEMs have selected the Fusion cockpit to fly aboard seven business jet models spanning the Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express XRS, Cessna Citation Columbus, Learjet 85, Embraer Legacy 450 and 500 and, now, the G250.
Dassault Falcon last month announced the long-anticipated upgrade to the Honeywell Primus Epic-based EASy (Enhanced Avionics System) flight deck: the EASy Phase II system with synthetic-vision system (SVS) technology.
Stevens Aviation, buoyed by market reception of its Lear4Ever avionics and airframe modification package for the Bombardier Learjet 35, on Monday announced expansion of its Select Suite of aircraft targeted for the same level of avionics modernization to include some of the most numerous and popular models.
Stevens Aviation, buoyed by market reception of its Lear4Ever avionics and airframe modification package for the Learjet 35, today announced expansion of its Select Suite of aircraft targeted for the same level of avionics modernization to include some other popular models.
Garmin International opened NBAA’08 by announcing a pair of offers to purchasers and operators of its G1000 integrated flight deck that include price breaks on popular options and an extended warranty on the system itself.
Synthetic-vision flight presentations are about to become a ubiquitous presence in dozens of business aircraft models thanks to certification programs that have been completed recently and additional test programs which are about to get under way.
Business aircraft maintenance, modification and completions firm Stevens Aviation today delivered the first Lear4Ever–an upgraded Learjet 35–to Dr. Steve Bass in a ceremony at its Greenville, S.C. headquarters. For $2 million and six months of downtime, the Lear4Ever program provides “a series of upgrades, retrofits and modifications” intended to modernize and extend the useful life of 20- and 30-series Learjets.