EFBPilatus Business Aircraft has selected the PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) from CMC Electronics (booth 1073) as a factory option on its PC-12 turboprop, it was announced here yesterday. The move follows the recent selection of CMC’s SureSight M-Series enhanced vision system (EVS) sensor for the aircraft. Both systems, which are also available for retrofit to the PC-12, are due to be certificated in January.

Last month Western Aircraft of Boise, Idaho, received a field approval for a cockpit side-mounted installation of PilotView in the PC-12. The system can act in standalone mode, displaying information such as electronic charts, and as a display for the EVS sensor. “Our customers should find PilotView and the M-Series sensor a very effective aid in improving situational awareness,” says Tom Aniello, chief marketing officer for Pilatus Business Aircraft.

PilotView is designed to bridge the gap between off-the-shelf PC tablets and Class 3 EFBs by offering an avionics-grade hardware package and certification to DO-160D. In addition to software-definable FMS-style line-select keys around the edge of the high-quality, sunlight-readable display, the EFB features a “film-on-glass” touch-sensitive screen to give pilots an alternative way of accessing or navigating electronic charts, checklists, e-documents, performance calculations, real-time weather, surveillance video and moving maps.

The M-Series EVS sensor improves situational awareness by allowing pilots to see better at night and in low visibility. It weighs less than 4lb (1.8kg) and measures 2.8in (71mm) in diameter by 7in in length. A single line replaceable unit, it can be installed in the fin or nose. It has been certificated on the Bombardier Global Express, in which it is integrated with a Thales head-up display. It is standard on the Global Express XRS and an option on the Global 5000, and is available for retrofit on the Global Express.

CMC also announced yesterday that PilotView had been certificated on the Bombardier Global Express by ABC Completions of Montreal, and on the Gulfstream II, III, IV and V by Pentastar Aviation of Waterford, Michigan. Certification on the Dassault Falcon 10 and 50 is under way at Mid-Canada in of Toronto, where a system is also being installed on a Boeing 737-200 with a view to obtaining a supplemental type certificate covering all 737 variants, including the BBJ.

The Canadian company rounded out its product announcements by introducing the SatLite low-profile Inmarsat high-gain antenna to the corporate aviation community. Already being offered to air transport, SatLite measures a compact 2.6in high by 40in long by 13in wide and weighs just 16.7lb.

Source: Flight Daily News