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May 6, 2022

Airbus opts for Thales’ flight management system

Airbus will use the new system in commercial airliners, such as the A320, A330 and A350.

Netherlands-based Airbus has selected a flight management system (FMS) from Thales to be deployed on its commercial airliners.

Based on the PureFlyt product, the new FMS will be designed according to Airbus’ requirements and will process and share broad data to optimise flight operations, cut down environmental impact and improve interoperability.

Expected to enter service by the end of 2026, the new system will be used in commercial airliners, such as the A320, A330 and A350.

Said to be the brain of the aircraft, the FMS helps prepare flights as well as calculate and deliver required information to the crew.

Using fuel efficiency factors and instructions from air traffic control, the system will help set flight parameters and provide aircraft guidance during flights as well as approach and landing procedures.

The system provides access to open-world data, including real-time weather information.

The FMS allows assessment of flight plan revisions and offers better routes to pilots.

Furthermore, it simplifies interaction with air traffic control when linked with non-avionics systems, such as the pilot’s electronic flight bag and airline operational control centres.

It is also expected to ease airport congestion and reduce fuel consumption, in addition to decreasing noise pollution and pilot workload.

Thales avionics executive vice-president Yannick Assouad said: “Our connected and cyber-secure solution will improve interoperability for airlines and pilots and optimise flight paths to help reduce the carbon footprint of airline operations.

PureFlyt consists of navigation and performance databases for the accurate calculation of optimal flight paths and times. It can also be used as a retrofit option for aircraft presently in service.

In March, Thales won a contract from Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) to provide TopSky – Air Traffic Control (ATC) to Dubai International Airport.

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