Esterline to supply PC-21 cockpit avionics to Australia and Jordan

13 July 2016 (Last Updated July 13th, 2016 18:30)

Esterline CMC Electronics has secured contracts from Pilatus Aircraft to supply cockpit avionics for the PC-21 aircraft to Australia and Jordan.

Esterline CMC Electronics has secured contracts from Pilatus Aircraft to supply cockpit avionics for the PC-21 aircraft to Australia and Jordan.

The contracts will see Esterline supplying cockpit avionics for the Royal Australian Air Force's 49 PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft and the Royal Jordanian Air Force's fleet of eight PC-21 aircraft.

These deals include the delivery of cockpit displays, dual flight management systems (FMS) and GPS global positioning systems (GPS), landing system sensors, and the head-up display (HUD) sub-system.

The displays feature the ARINC-653-compliant, open and modular MOSArt software suite which allow Pilatus and its customers to integrate their own applications or human machine interface (HMI) definitions on the CMC platform.

The HUD sub-system features the CMC SparrowHawk HUD that comes with a set of front and rear cockpit up-front control panels and HUD camera, a HUD symbol generator, and a video display unit for the rear seat instructor.

It has the ability to guide the pilot with pinpoint accuracy to any selected target, similar to that of the navigation capability found in advanced front-line fighters.

"It has the ability to guide the pilot with pinpoint accuracy to any selected target, similar to that of the navigation capability found in advanced front-line fighters."

The SparrowHawk HUD can display both raster video and stroke symbology, the HUD symbol generator comes with compact PCI / PMC architecture and a powerful PC processor.

The simulated weapon delivery and scoring (SWDS) capability of the Esterline CMC HUD System will allow a student pilot to train for both air-to-air interdiction and air-to-ground delivery in any airspace.

The FMS being supplied to PC-21 is a variant of the latest generation CMA-9000 Flight Management System that is ideal for use in modern digital cockpits for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68B turboprop engine, PC-21 training aircraft can fly up to an altitude of 7,620m and its maximum speed is 685km/h.


Image: A Pilatus PC-21 trainer aircraft in flight. Photo: courtesy of Adrian Pingstone.