Deliveries Scheduled To Begin In Early 2009
CMC Electronics Inc. tells ANN the company recently signed a
contract with Lufthansa and Lufthansa Technik to supply its latest
generation flight management system (FMS) known as the CMA-9000 for
the retrofit of its fleet of 14 A300-600 aircraft.
Representatives with the company say the upgraded A300-600s have
a much larger navigation database, improved performance
optimization and increased datalink capability. The installation
will consist of a dual CMA-9000 flight management system, providing
the aircraft with multi-sensor-based navigation and enhanced
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in early 2009.
"The selection by Lufthansa of our industry leading FMS for the
retrofit of their A300-600 aircraft confirms the capability of our
product as the solution of choice for the air transport market,"
said Jean-Pierre Mortreux, CMC president and CEO. "A variant of our
new FMS has already been selected by Thales for their avionics
suite on the Sukhoi SuperJet 100."
The CMA-9000 is a family of compact FMS variants designed for
modern digital cockpits in fixed and rotary wing aircraft for both
civil and military applications. It is the next-generation FMS
derived from CMC's successful CMA-900 FMS/GPS and CMA-3000 FMS.
The single unit CMA-9000 has multi-sensor (GPS, INS, DME and
EGI) navigation capabilities and is certified for operations in
civil airspace. It conforms to the ARINC-739 multifunction control
display unit standard, making it suitable as a display and control
unit for other systems such as ACARS, ACMS and SATCOM. It also has
the capability to act as a radio management unit.
CMC Electronics notes its previous generation FMS, the CMA-900,
has received more FAA and other national Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA) approvals than any competing product for the avionics upgrade
of B747 Classic aircraft. The CMA-900 has also been
successfully installed and integrated on a number of C-130 aircraft
worldwide. With recent orders, the CMA-900 is now in service
with over 60 airlines and military operators.
Andreas Gherman, Lufthansa's vice-president of technical
operations, says the new FMS will allow unrestricted operation of
the A300-600 fleet for the foreseeable future.