Cockpit Systems Integration
Esterline CMC Electronics has vast experience in cockpit integration that spans a very broad range of platforms including commercial air transport aircraft such as the B747, DC-10 and MD-80; military transports and helicopters such as the P-3 patrol aircraft, C-130 air transport, and the UH-60, HH-60M and HH-60L Black Hawk helicopter; as well as numerous trainer aircraft including the Hawker Beechcraft T-6B, Alenia Aermacchi M-311 jet demonstrator, the Korean Aerospace Industries KT-1C and the upgraded Patria Hawk Mk51.
Whether serving in the role of prime contractor, systems integrator or avionics management systems supplier, CMC has all the required engineering and program management tools including impressive System Integration laboratories, leading-edge Human Factors expertise, as well as a comprehensive package of in-house training and other long-term logistical and support services as required.
All CMC cockpit systems offerings are based on a combination of advanced avionics products from the company’s own portfolio of core navigation and display products, complemented by key building blocks from the company’s highly respected partners.
Cockpit 9000 for C-130 and other Transport Category Aircraft
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Cockpit 9000 is an integrated digital glass cockpit that is tailored to the requirements of transport category aircraft, both civil and military, and especially including the C-130. At its core, the CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) combines with the company’s advanced Global Positioning and Landing System (GLS) to provide an extremely accurate navigation solution for all flight phases from departure to non-precision approach and in compliance with published international CNS/ATM navigational mandates and growth provisions.
Concerning the overall cockpit displays, CMC as system integrator provides a complete solution as part of Cockpit 9000, through selection of equipment solutions from the company’s partners as appropriate for each customer’s unique needs. Optional elements of Cockpit 9000 may include other CMC products such as the company’s Electronic Flight Bag, Enhanced Vision System as well as SATCOM solutions.
CMC’s system integration experience encompasses its role in C-130 cockpit modernization with over 10 international customers; its prime contractor role on Canada’s Maritime Surveillance CP-140 (P-3) fleet; and its B-747 Classic cockpit modernization role with prestigious operators such as Air France, KLM, Qantas, Saudi Arabia Airlines and several others. As part of the KLM B747-200/300 project, CMC was awarded the “Systems Integrator of the Year” award by Avionics magazine.
Heli 4000 Integrated Glass Cockpit Avionics
The Heli 4000 is an integrated Glass Cockpit based on an open system architecture providing scalability for multi-role applications, network-centric architectures and future growth.
Open multi-processor architecture with 3U/6U cPCI cards with configurable PMC modules.
Mission Computer, Flight/Display Management System, HUD, Multifunction Displays.
Navigation, communications, database, mission and display software, including digital map generation.
SmartDeck’s user interface increases the speed and accuracy of flight management and significantly streamlines the flying process. While other systems may offer similar features, SmartDeck delivers all the information in a clearer and more intuitive manner. The 3-clicks-or-less philosophy remains faithful throughout the design of the system. From moving map functions to communications to Synthetic Vision, SmartDeck makes flying safer, easier and more enjoyable.
The SmartDeck Synthetic Vision feature helps augment the pilot’s situational awareness by providing critical flight details and helpful navigation aids.
The level of detail and planning that has gone into SmartDeck Synthetic Vision is unmatched. Geographic features are intuitive, dynamic, clear and logical.
OBSTACLES & TERRAIN
Obstacles are represented as realistic 3D images while SmartDeck’s TAWS driven color coding identifies potential CFIT situations in yellow and red.
Paper charts are a thing of the past with the integration of electronic charts in SmartDeck. Every detail of almost any destination is just a click away on your MFD.
YOU FLY, WE’LL NAVIGATE
With a WAAS capable GPS and a digital autopilot, SmartDeck provides automated lateral and vertical guidance and maintains precise holds - freeing the pilot to focus on primary flight functions.
SEE THE UNSEEN
Regardless of conditions outside the cockpit, datalink weather and lightning system provide a complete weather picture.
FLIGHT PLANNING MODE
A simple push of the flight planning button accesses a worldwide database of airports, navaids, waypoints and other vital flight planning data. The flight planning page consists of 1) Active Flight Plan, 2) Flight Plan Catalog and 3) Vertical Advisory. Pilots are able to create, edit and copy flight plans through the CCU and load the information directly onto the SmartDeck MFD. Procedures can be inserted for approaches, holds, arrivals and departures. Additionally, the WAAS capabilities of the system enables pilots to easily shoot LPV approaches to non-ILS equipped airports.
The active frequency currently tuned on each comm and nav radio is shown near the top of the COM1, COM2, VLOC1 and VLOC2 radio windows. For the comm radios, the station ID and name are displayed if selected from the database. The nav radios receive the Morse code IDs from the tuned VLOC stations and decodes them into alphanumeric station IDs. An integrated transponder (XPDR) rounds out the communications suite by displaying transponder code, reply symbol and mode of operation. Inputs to any of the communications windows can be made quickly via knob or numeric keypad.
The audio panel functions as a selector for the two VHF coms, a dedicated cellular telephone interface, a 6-place stereo intercom with dual independent music inputs and an internal marker beacon receiver. The intercom squelch system eliminates all of the traditional knobs or push buttons. Using digital processing, the system separates voice from airplane noise, making conversations seamless.
SmartDeck can integrate a Digital Flight Control System through all phases of flight and includes fully coupled approaches and automatic altitude captures. Once you choose AP, FD, or AP and FD modes, use the other mode select buttons to choose what kind of guidance you want the autopilot to provide.
SMARTER BY DESIGN - BETTER BY EXPERIENCE.
Throughout the design process, the design team continually tested form and function with active pilots and a team of human factors specialists. The control buttons, display settings and visual cues were all carefully developed as part of an intuitive design philosophy. Human factors testing put pilots in front of the system throughout the process to ensure the finished product remained consistent to the vision of a smarter, friendlier, more intuitive flight deck. The SmartDeck system presents a wealth of information, without overwhelming the pilot. The SmartDeck cockpit is well organized and considerate of ergonomics as well as economics.
Remove the uncertainty of restricted flight zones by populating the MFD with up-to-date airspace information. Updates are easily uploaded through the data card as they are published.
Preferences for the SmartDeck system are easily controlled on both displays with minimal input. The declutter knob also aids in quickly removing or adding data according to pilot preference.
MOVING MAP CUE CARDS
Access information about navaids, airports and map symbols using the Crosshair Cursor. It’s just another step toward making flying safer and boosting pilot confidence.
Human Factors Engineering