Flight Planning Systems: the next generation

Flight Management Systems play an important role in the cockpit. They can be used to plan and navigate, as well as perform flight path optimization and performance prediction. Thales’ new interactive Flight Management System solutions are flexible and adaptable to meet changing requirements. This will allow pilots and operators to have the flexibility and performance they need to ensure safety and efficiency in air transport as more passengers travel.

Thales’ experience in Flight Planning Systems has allowed it to develop unique software and systems capabilities and world-class expertise in all areas of these advanced onboard systems.

Air traffic management systems must be able to communicate with flight crews more effectively as the commercial and business aviation operations change and grow. A greater connectivity between the ground & the aircraft allows for unprecedented flexibility. This makes it possible to optimize flight paths in real-time while minimising flight’s environmental impact.

Pilots play a greater role in flight management today than ever, especially in today’s highly competitive market. Airlines are constantly under pressure to reduce costs.

New capabilities

The new interactive FMS-based interactive cockpit system from Thales builds on Thales’ proven track record in cockpit and avionics solutions. It offers pilots and controllers new capabilities and continues to improve air transport safety.

Thales’ new-generation FMS system is flexible enough for all current and future requirements of pilots and operators. It is easily integrated into existing or new cockpit configurations thanks to its innovative open architecture. It can support virtually any third-party software and can be easily updated or replaced cost-effectively and reliably fcbresource.

Thales has made significant investments in research and development to bring this state-of the art solution to market. We are also a key player in cooperative programmes in Europe, the United States and Europe. Our contributions to the NextGen, CleanSky, and SESAR initiatives help to shape the future air transport sector. The gate-to-gate idea, for instance, uses data from airport operators and onboard Flight Management Systems to create a complete representation of the overall mission. This allows flight crews to optimize their flight from boarding to landing.

Modern take-off procedures optimize an aircraft’s takeoff and climb profiles. This reduces CO2 emissions and keeps noise disturbances to the minimum for local residents. To ensure routes that match current conditions and reduce fuel consumption, flight paths are determined in stages during the flight. This improves the passenger experience.

Pilots and controllers have new options to maximize airspace utilization through greater connectivity. This includes maintaining the spacing between aircraft and reducing longitudinal separation during altitude changes. Continuous descent approaches, which are a new type of approach that uses continuous descent, can also reduce fuel consumption by up to 15% when compared to traditional step-down arrival patterns.

Thales Flight Management Systems has more than 50,000,000 hours of flight time with more than 2,700 aircraft. We are proud to play a leading role in the next generation FMS solutions that will support a safer, more efficient, and more environmentally-friendly global air transport system.

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