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Esterline CMC Electronics’ WAAS GPS Landing System certified by Transport Canada and FAA

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Esterline CMC Electronics’ WAAS GPS Landing System certified by Transport Canada and FAA
CMC Electronics’ IntegriFlight CMA-5024 aviation Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver was certified recently by Transport Canada.


December 17, 2008
Carey Fredericks

CMC Electronics’ IntegriFlight™ CMA-5024 aviation Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver was certified recently by the FAA and Transport Canada to TSO-C145b Beta-3 and TSO-146 Delta-4. The C145 Beta-3 is the most stringent category for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) navigation receivers and the C146 Delta-4 category allows these receivers to provide Precision Approach guidance signals to the aircraft’s autopilot and instrument displays to execute a Localizer Precision with Vertical (LPV) approach.

The CMA-5024 is a ruggedized air transport quality WAAS/GPS receiver specifically designed for easy retrofit and adaptability to either existing or new build aircraft. Due to its compact and rugged nature, and a predicted 40,000 hour Mean-Time-Between-Failure, it is an ideal solution across a wide range of aircraft, from helicopters and business jets to air transport.

The CMA-5024 provides Space Based Augmentation System (SBAS) / WAAS GPS navigation capability from departure to Non Precision Approach that will comply with published Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) navigational mandates and growth provisions. When coupled with a compatible Flight Management System or the companion CMA-5025 control panel from Air Data (www.airdata.ca), the CMA-5024 will provide LPV approach guidance identical to Instrument Landing system (ILS) localizer and glide slope signals.

Bruce Bailey, vice president, commercial aviation, CMC Electronics, stated, “CMC has a significant market share for aviation GPS receivers in the business/regional aircraft and air transport markets. This certification reconfirms our position as technology leader for high-integrity aviation GPS technology and products.“

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The IntegriFlight CMA-5024 has numerous interfaces conforming to ARINC 743A-4 and supports the new ARINC 743A-5/743B Characteristics. As a sensor, the CMA-5024 provides high-performance position, velocity, and time supporting all Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) requirements, Primary Means Navigation, and Required Navigation Performance – Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) capable Flight Management Systems.  As a result, any Flight Management System can immediately benefit from the improved navigation accuracy, integrity and availability.

The CMA-5024 is a self-contained GPS approach system that can host two cycles of the entire world-wide WAAS approach database. GPS Approach selection can be made from a suitable FMS or a dedicated control head (CMA-5025). The CMA-5024 provides ILS look-alike localizer and glideslope guidance signals, linear deviations, and Distance to Go for seamless integration with RNP operations, Distance Measuring Equipment look-alike Distance to Go to the Threshold Crossing Point, and supports analog avionics, autopilots and flight directors.

CMC Electronics (www.cmcelectronics.ca ) designs and produces leading technology electronics products for the aviation and global positioning markets.  CMC’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 defence company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.  Esterline employs over 9,000 people worldwide.