Esterline’s SureSight Sensor achieves important milestone
May 23, 2013, Geneva, Sui. - Esterline CMC Electronics’ third-generation SureSight CMA-2700 Integrated Sensor System is now approved for use within the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) of the Bombardier Challenger 605 aircraft following the recent certifications by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transport Canada (TCCA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
“With this EFVS certification, our state-of-the-art sensor has demonstrated that it meets the most exacting requirements,” said Greg Yeldon, president, Esterline CMC Electronics. “This achievement is the culmination of an exhaustive development program, teaming CMC’s product with Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance Systems’ technology. We are very pleased with this success and the on-going relationship with our customer, Rockwell Collins.”
The SureSight CMA-2700 offers the highest resolution available for an EVS sensor and four times the resolution of currently certified systems. It features next-generation digital image processing, including dynamic non-uniformity corrections for optimal image management. This end-to-end digital system is also the first EVS to be fully compliant to ARINC 818 Avionics Digital Video Bus standards. Type Certification included compliance to DO-178B (software) and DO-254 (firmware) to Design Assurance Level B, and to DO-160F for environmental hardware qualification.
CMC’s SureSight family of integrated sensor systems is designed to meet demanding video performance, reliability and quality standards. CMC’s EFVS sensors continue to be the leading choice for airframe manufacturers and prime contractors. They offer enhanced situational awareness in adverse operating conditions and enable operators to take advantage of regulations expanding the operational capabilities of aircraft equipped with an EFVS.
Under these regulations, when the runway environment cannot be visually acquired at the Decision Altitude or the Minimum Decision Altitude using natural vision, the pilot of an aircraft equipped with a Head Up Display presenting the EVS imagery can continue the descent down to a 100 ft. Height Above the Threshold (HATh), provided that the requirements for a visual approach are met using the EVS. From that point onwards in the descent, these visual references must be visible to the pilot without the use of the EVS for the aircraft to proceed to a landing.