Paris Air Show 2015: Esterline CMC Electronics’ Cockpit 9000 Receives GACA Certification for GPS/LPV Approach Operations on Lockheed Martin L-100 Aircraft
(Paris Air Show 2015 – June 15, 2015) – Esterline CMC Electronics’ (CMC) proven Cockpit 9000 glass cockpit upgrade solution for legacy C-130/L-100 has received General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval on November 14, 2014, for activation of its CAT I equivalent Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) capability on Lockheed Martin L-100 (382G) aircraft.
LPV flight testing was performed in September 2014 in cooperation with the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City. The FAA provided proven test and recording capability in support of the flight test campaign. The flight test campaign was carried out in cooperation and with the support of the customer under the CMC Middle East Avionics CNS/ATM (Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management) Upgrade Program.
Subsequent to the successful flight tests, LPV capability was deployed on eighteen (18) C-130H and two (2)
L-100 aircraft previously fitted with CMC’s Cockpit 9000 CNS/ATM compliant solution. LPV capability provides a significant enhancement to the CNS/ATM and tactical capabilities already certified on this international customers’ C-130 fleet which enjoys unrestricted worldwide access to civilian airspace.
CMC’s CMA-9000 Flight Management System and CMA-5024 GPS/SBAS Landing System Sensor Unit (GNSSU) are at the heart of the LPV solution for C-130/L-100 aircraft.
Greg Yeldon, president, Esterline CMC Electronics, stated, “We are extremely pleased to have received this latest certification for the L-100 aircraft and delighted to provide our customer with this newly added LPV capability, giving them even greater access to civilian airspace as well as added operational flexibility. Our Cockpit 9000’s core avionics make it possible for our customers with C-130 aircraft to maintain full CNS/ATM compliance and meet civil airspace operations worldwide now and into the future.”
The CMC Cockpit 9000 avionics upgrade provides compliance to all CNS/ATM requirements applicable to
C-130 aircraft, including Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out, Elementary Surveillance / Enhanced Surveillance (ELS/EHSD), Precision Area Navigation (P-RNAV), Required Navigation Performance (RNP) 0.3 and RNP-10, and also provides Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) and Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) capabilities. CMC’s six-display solution also provides fully integrated tactical capabilities, centralized caution and warning, and NVIS compatible cockpit, cargo compartment and external lighting.
CMC’s IntegriFlight™ CMA-5024 GPS Landing System Sensor meets the requirements for an Instrument Flight Rules, civil certified Global Navigation Satellite System. The sensor provides Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) GPS capability from departure to approach that complies with published CNS/ATM navigational mandates. WAAS/SBAS augments GPS to provide an extremely accurate navigation solution that will support all flight operations from en route to GNSS and WAAS/SBAS Localizer Performance with a Vertical Guidance (LPV) CAT-1 equivalent approach. The CMA-5024 is provisioned for growth to GBAS with a built-in VHF Data Broadcast receiver.
About the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center
The FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center is the premier U.S. air transportation system laboratory. Its highly technical workforce conducts test and evaluation, verification and validation, and sustainment of the FAA’s full spectrum of aviation systems, and develops scientific solutions to current and future air transportation safety challenges by conducting applied research and development. Technical Center engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and technical experts utilize a robust, one-of-a-kind laboratory environment to identify integrated system solutions for the modernization and sustainment of the National Airspace System, and for delivering NextGen operational capabilities.