The Chilean Air Force Receives the First C-130 with the New CMC Electronics Cockpit
By Dialogo July 11, 2011
The Chilean Air Force has received the first Hercules C-130 with the new cockpit from the Esterline CMC Electronics company, following the successful completion of the tests required as part of the modernization program for that military transport plane.
The Chilean government contracted Esterline in 2009 to supply the cockpit systems for the country’s fleet of C-130s.
As the primary contractor, Esterline is responsible for delivering the complete equipment, including supplying installation kits, as well as other activities such as training and a variety of services and supplies, according to ASDNews.
The formal test flight was successfully conducted in late March with a trip to the Antarctic from Santiago during which the prescribed tests were carried out.
The completely digital modernization of the cockpit is based on CMC’s Cockpit 9000, using the latest-generation Flight Management System (FMS) developed by the company, including the IntegriFlight™ global positioning system with the GPS-WAAS wide area augmentation system, known as CMA-5024.
Cockpit 9000 incorporates six large-format, high-resolution, multi-function displays, as well as new navigation sensors, radios, an autopilot system, and weather radar, among numerous other subsystems.
The night-vision system (NVIS) compatible with Cockpit 9000 will extend the plane’s operating life by at least twenty years, enabling the Chilean Air Force’s fleet to meet the current requirements for precision radio navigation (P-RNAV) and open the way to future expansions of its navigational capabilities.