Farnborough Air Show: Esterline CMC Electronics’ High-Performance Flight Management Systems Receive EASA Certification on A300-600 Aircraft
STC issued June 17, 2016.
Farnborough Air Show – July 11, 2016) Esterline CMC Electronics’ high-performance CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) has been certified by EASA on the A300-600. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) was issued by EASA on June 17, 2016.
Esterline CMC Electronics was awarded a contract by a European cargo airline in 2015 to upgrade the legacy flight management systems (FMS) on its fleet of twenty one (21) A300-600 aircraft. CMC has supplied its latest generation CMA-9000 FMS with vertical navigation functionality as part of the upgrade. The upgraded A300-600s will now have a much larger navigation database, improved performance optimization and an upgrade path to increased datalink capability. The installation consists of dual CMA-9000 FMSs, providing the aircraft with multi-sensory based navigation and enhanced operational capability. Deliveries began in early 2016 and will continue until August 2016.
The CMA-9000’s large navigation database capability offers flexible global operations and will allow the aircraft to make the most efficient use of the airspace as it is modernized over the next 20 years. The fleet will comply with the forecasted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for the Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system.
Michel Potvin, president, Esterline Avionics Systems, stated: “This European cargo airline’s selection of our industry leading FMS for the retrofit of their A300-600 aircraft confirms the capability of our product as the solution of choice for the air transport market, allowing unrestricted operation of the A300-600 fleet for the foreseeable future.”
The same upgrade can be offered to the 400 other Airbus A310 and A300 aircraft flying globally. CMC’s fully coupled, performance optimized vertical navigation FMS is well positioned to enable the upgrade of many other platforms to comply with ICAO standards for flight in civil airspace.
The CMA-9000 is a family of compact FMS variants that is well suited for modern digital cockpits in fixed and rotary wing aircraft for both civil and military applications. It is the next-generation FMS derived from CMC’s successful CMA-900 FMS/GPS and CMA-3000 helicopter FMS. The single unit CMA-9000 is civil certified for multi-sensor (GPS, INS, DME and EGI) navigation capabilities.