In any air transport aircraft, Systems are essential. They represent more than 30% of civil aircraft development cost and are on the critical path of the aircraft development cycle, not to mention their primary role in aircraft efficiency and safety. Systems are also a key-differentiating factor with the US Aircraft and European Industry has long been a leader in this domain. However, in Avionics, since the Boeing 777 introduction, soon followed by new versions of the B737, this leadership is no longer an European privilege. NEVADA is the project by which the European industry will prepare a new generation of avionics systems which will use the most advanced technologies, make a step further in integration and modularity and thus present better performance at lower cost. Dramatic cost reductions by the order of 30 to 50% are expected from these new avionics solutions, with weight and power following similar trends. In Europe, competence in Avionics is distributed over a large number of companies having developed their own technology as required for their industrial products. NEVADA is a unique opportunity to set an innovative European standard of avionics platform, to which all major Equipment Manufacturers will work concurrently, guided jointly by the Airframers. This ensures a large dissemination and effective exploitation of the results, for the future benefit of Airbus Industry at aircraft development's time. NEVADA is a large project, reaching the critical mass necessary to be efficient and complete. The Consortium has been carefully structured. It is of sufficient size for such a project and puts together representatives from all the Industry sectors. Their full implication in the project is largely demonstrated by the background skills and investment they are bringing into NEVADA. Faced with the challenge of the US industry restructuration, it is also of major importance that the European Aeronautical Industry speeds up its integration. In this context, NEVADA may be an original way for European Equipment Suppliers to gather their competence and prove competitive against the large US companies.
NEVADA proposes to demonstrate that the European Industry is able to developed Open Integrated Avionics for future air transport aircraft and to assess the benefits of this approach: - the integration of functions on shared computing resources, allowed by up to date technologies, will contribute to avionics development and recurring costs reduction- avionics platforms will be jointly developed by different Equipment Suppliers, taking benefit of their complementary competence and creating a new European true Open Avionics standard. NEVADA will elaborate the Open Integrated Avionics concept and its associated development process, that is NEVADA will detail how different companies will have to proceed to contribute jointly to the development of new avionics. Then NEVADA will apply the concept to the development of experimental avionics, will validate the selected approach through the validation of this experimental avionics, and will assess the benefits of the considered concept BE97-4118.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
BS99 7AR Bristol
88161 Lindenberg - Allgäu
92366 Meudon La Foret
GL52 4ZB Cheltenham - Gloucestershire
UB6 8UA Greenford