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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Europe Certifies Esterline FMS on Airbus EC175

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Photo courtesy of Esterline


[Avionics Today Feb. 27, 2014] The Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 have earned European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification on the EC175 helicopter. 

Airbus Helicopters' EC175 is a medium-sized twin-engine helicopter that is used across a variety of operations, including oil and gas operators, Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). CMC developed its newly certified systems with the goal of "refining helicopter flight management capabilities," according to Greg Yeldon, president of CMC. 

Both components will provide EC175 pilots with the latest flight procedures and capabilities, including Night Vision Goggles (NVG), Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) GPS approaches.

CMA-9000 is in compliance with the latest standards for Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and SBAS approaches. The CMA-5024 GPS Landing System Sensor meets EC175 requirements for Instrument Flight Rules and civil certified Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). 

The EC175 certification is just the latest collaboration between the two companies, as CMC and Airbus have been collaborating for the past decade with more than 1,000 CMC FMS currently in service on Airbus platforms. 

After recently earning EASA certification, the EC175 will begin deliveries later this year.



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