Esterline: INDUSTRY SPECIAL
May 15, 2009

CMC Electronics recently received its first production order from Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) for CMC’s Integrated Avionics System, known as the CMC Cockpit 4000, for the T-6B Texan trainer aircraft. The CMC Cockpit 4000 includes an Integrated Avionics Computer, a Heads-Up Display, Up Front Control Panel, and Multifunction Displays.  CMC received the order for the first 35 aircraft in the production run after completing all necessary program requirements. This order comes approximately seven months after HBC successfully conducted its first flight on the T-6B Texan in April 2008. CMC is scheduled to deliver its first production T-6B Cockpit 4000 in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Jean-Michel Comtois, CMC’s Vice President, Military Aviation, said: “This order is a significant milestone for CMC. The Cockpit 4000 provides a cost-effective, advanced military aviator training solution to air forces around the world, and better positions CMC to capture the lion’s share of the basic trainer global market for turboprop training aircraft.”

The T-6B Texan is based on the successful Beechcraft T-6A, already in service as the U.S. military’s Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) aircraft, and is also the primary trainer for the NATO Flying Training Canada (NFTC), and the Hellenic Air Force of Greece. Through the introduction of the CMC advanced avionics upgrade, the T-6B aircraft retains all of the inherent training and flying characteristics that have made the T-6A the most successful primary trainer in the world, while introducing a state-of-the-art open architecture advanced avionics suite that mirrors the systems and capabilities of today’s front-line military aircraft.

Esterline CMC Electronics 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 commercial and military customers worldwide. CMC Electronics is a major supplier to the aerospace and high-technology industries, airlines, military agencies and government customers around the world.

Founded in 1903 as The Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada, and later known as Canadian Marconi Company, CMC Electronics has more than 100 years of experience in the design, manufacture and support of innovative electronics and communications systems, and over 50 years of avionics experience.

CMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corporation (www.esterline.com), a specialized aerospace and defence ­company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, that employs over 9,000 people worldwide.
 
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