Defense And Commercial Company Expands To Part 23 Market
Esterline Corporation is a specialized manufacturing company serving principally aerospace and defense markets. Approximately 80 percent of total revenues are generated from aerospace/defense markets. The remainder is from the application of these technologies into industrial markets. Company president Greg Yeldon says Esterline management views the company’s businesses in three segments related to its set of core competencies: Avionics & Controls, Sensors & Systems, and Advanced Materials.
About a year ago, Exterline acquired the exclusive license to the L-3 SmartDeck integrated cockpit, and at Oskhosh this year, Yeldon said the company is in the process of talking with OEMs about what features they would like to see integrated into the the system, and where the company might want to take it.
Yeldon says the company has a "tremendous amount of experience in retrofit," and they are very open to exploring possibilities in the marketplace where SmartDeck might be adopted for commercial, military, and paramilitary applications.
Yeldon says the SmartDeck is a full PFD, MFD Flight Management System. He says CMCs FMS is a very robust system which the company plans to bring into the SmartDeck system.
Yeldon says the company sees a lot of opportunity as the economy continues to recover in both the GA and the business jet market for SmartDeck. He says ease of use is critical terms of the amount of data and information available to be displayed by glass cockpits. He says the company has a lot of products in use in the higher end of the military market, but the acquisition of SmartDeck is an effective, "low cost" entry into a market segment it has not yet tapped.
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