Esterline CMC Electronics Introduces Updated SmartDeck Integrated Cockpit at NBAA 2011
(National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ October 9, 2011) Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) will be showcasing its SmartDeckÃ‚Â® integrated avionics suite at this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s NBAA. Show attendees are invited to visit booth # N5507 and view new SmartDeck functionalities such as its second-generation Highway-in-the-Sky (HITS) symbology and a three-display, dual-pilot configuration.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our engineering and human factors teams have evaluated the ways pilots interact with advanced avionics systems and this updated version of the SmartDeck represents much of what we have learned,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Greg Plantz, director of marketing and sales for SmartDeck. Ã¢â‚¬Å“For example, our unique Highway-In-The-Sky symbology is being reconfigured to give pilots the information they need using the attitude and directional cues with which they are more familiar. This greatly improves situational awareness while reducing pilot workload and stress.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Another key differentiator of the SmartDeckÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new-generation symbology is that it is tailored to the needs of pilots flying Class II and III aircraft. Ã¢â‚¬Å“To meet the scheduling demands of revenue flights, professional pilots are faced with operations in higher traffic, lower visibility situations,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Plantz. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our primary goal will be to provide clear, understandable information that pilots can use, while eliminating much of the clutter that adds no measurable benefits. For example, during a recent meeting of CMCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pilot advisory board, it was determined that pilots want to be able to selectively Ã¢â‚¬ËœdeclutterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ their integrated displays and see only the information that they need for a particular phase of a flight.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pilots have told us that they want a way to get the precise flight information they need when they need it,Ã¢â‚¬Â Plantz said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That capability has moved to the top of our list. Listening to pilots and bringing a new set of valuable, safety-enhancing tools to the cockpit is our primary goal for the new-generation SmartDeck.Ã¢â‚¬Â
SmartDeck is a cockpit avionics system that has been certified by the FAA. Its innovative and intuitive user interface increases the ease and accuracy of flight management, and significantly streamlines flight operations. Its advanced architecture supports scalability to various types of aircraft. It also provides the growth capability to meet continuously evolving air traffic management requirements and support maintainability – all of key importance to owners and operators. From the SmartDeckÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pilot oriented integration of navigation, communication, surveillance, electronic charts and moving map functions, to its best in class synthetic vision, this CMC avionics suite delivers an unprecedented level of functionalities and situational awareness that make flying easier and safer.
Esterline CMC Electronics (www.cmcelectronics.ca) designs and produces leading technology electronics products for the aviation and global positioning markets. CMCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 11,000 people worldwide.