Advanced helicopter avionics [CANSEC17D2]

01 June 2017

Esterline CMC Electronics is displaying its integrated helicopter solution cockpit demonstrator for the first time at CANSEC (Booth 950) to highlight the company’s capabilities in integrating systems to meet varied customer requirements.

Esterline CMC Electronics has schemed a system that is scalable, flexible and customisable.

Scalability comes from the use of a modular building block approach that allows the system to meet a range of needs from minimum to advanced, and to undertake minor upgrades through to a full avionics suite. Flexibility comes from an open architecture that allows the end-user to employ their own so ware. Together, these qualities make the solution fully customisable.

On display here in the cockpit demonstrator are the company’s MFD-3068 6x8in smart displays that can host third-party applications and which use MOSArt (modular open system architecture) middleware that permits the partitioning of applications.

The high-definition displays can show primary flight data, navigation information, engine data and moving maps.

Also included in the integrated flight deck display are CMA-4000 and -9000 flight management systems that can support both civil and military navigation modes, and which are compliant with the latest standards for Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) approaches.

Esterline CMC Electronics has been providing systems such as these to Airbus Helicopters and Sikorsky for many years.

Two important systems included in the demonstrator are GPS and Doppler navigation units. e CMA-5024 GPS landing system sensor provides Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) SBAS GPS capability from departure to approach. e CMA-2012 Doppler Velocity Sensor provides a standalone navigation capability.

Esterline CMC Electronics has created the flight deck demonstrator to showcase the company’s capabilities in the helicopter avionics arena. As an example of the company’s successes, Esterline CMC Electronics has been selected to provide integrated flight management system and multifunction displays to upgrade the Sikorsky CH-53 heavy-li helicopters of the German army.

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