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Esterline CMC Electronics Achieves 100th Delivery Milestone for its Third-Generation Sensor for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

Esterline CMC Electronics Achieves 100th Delivery Milestone for its Third-Generation Sensor for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) – October 30, 2012. Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has achieved a production milestone with the recent shipment of its 100th third-generation SureSight® CMA-2700 integrated sensor system for Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) operations to Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance Systems (HGS™).

The third-generation SureSight® CMA-2700 sensor offers the highest resolution available for an EFVS sensor and four times the resolution of currently certified systems. It features state-of-the-art digital image processing, including dynamic non-uniformity corrections for optimal image management. This end-to-end digital system is also the first EFVS to be fully compliant to ARINC 818 Avionics Digital Video Bus standards. This sensor has been selected for the Bombardier Global aircraft with the Vision* Cockpit and the Bombardier Challenger 605*.

CMC’s SureSight® family of infrared integrated sensor systems comprises of the CMA-2600 and CMA-2700, with a combined total of over 600 systems delivered to customers. These systems are designed to meet demanding video performance, reliability and quality standards, and are the leading choice for airframe manufacturers and prime contractors. They offer enhanced situational awareness in adverse visual conditions and enable operators to take advantage of regulations expanding the operational capabilities of aircraft equipped with an EFVS.

Under these regulations, when the runway environment cannot be visually acquired at the decision altitude or the minimum decision altitude using natural vision, the pilot of an aircraft equipped with a head-up display presenting the Enhanced Vision System (EVS) imagery can continue the descent down to a 100-ft. Height Above the Threshold (HATh), provided that the requirements for a visual approach are met using the EVS. From that point onwards in the descent, these visual references must be visible to the pilot without the use of the EVS for the aircraft to proceed to a landing.

The SureSight®CMA-2600 sensor is in operation on multiple aircraft platforms, including the Bombardier Global Express* and Global 5000*, the Dassault Falcon 900, 2000 and 7X, and the Boeing Business Jet.

Esterline CMC Electronics (www.cmcelectronics.ca) has achieved an international reputation for innovation and excellence in the design and manufacture of electronics products for the military and commercial aviation markets. CMC’s focus is on delivering innovative cockpit systems integration and avionics solutions to its customers worldwide.  Its principal locations are in Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; and Chicago, Illinois.  CMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corporation (NYSE:ESL, www.esterline.com), a specialized aerospace and defense company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.  Esterline employs over 12,000 people worldwide.