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CMC, Star look to team on aircraft data monitoring solution

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has signed a memorandum of agreement with Star Navigation Systems Group to jointly establish an integrated, turn-key aircraft data monitoring and reporting solution for original equipment manufacturers (OEM).

The solution will be based on CMC's PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) system capabilities and Star's in-flight safety monitoring system (Star-ISMS) software, coupled with applications and aircraft integration services.

CMC says it will be responsible for promoting the resulting solution to OEMs and select customers within the air transport and business jet markets as part of its cockpit system offerings.

"Through this collaboration with Star, we will focus on establishing a more integrated capability built around our EFB systems, which includes the Star-ISMS software, and which could increase flight safety and deliver operational efficiencies in a variety of applications, such as business jets and helicopters as well as special missions in the medical, fire fighting and military fields," says CMC president Greg Yeldon.

Star CEO Viraf Kapadia adds: "Star sees this agreement with CMC as another step in our strategy to grow broad aviation industry acceptance for our patented in-flight data analysis, monitoring and diagnostics system technology."

PilotView enables pre-flight planning and access to up-to-date aircraft documentation, checklists and flight planning information. It is currently the only Class 2 EFB with factory forward-fit installation positions at aircraft OEMs, says CMC, and is offered as standard option on a number of commercial and business platforms.

The Star-ISMS, meanwhile, offers real-time safety monitoring via the Iridium network. Pakistan International Airlines has trialled the original version of the system on an Airbus A310-300 for over two-and-a-half years.

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