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Free Flight - Flight Management System

Objective



On one hand, new Air Traffic Management (ATM) concepts are required to face the growing Air Traffic demand because the solution to upgrade the traditional ATC is increasing the number of Air Traffic Controllers and sectors, and has practically reached its limit. On the other hand, the availability of new Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) technologies provides the basis to move towards advanced ATM concepts such as free-flight. The primary difference between today's route clearance and future free-flight will be the pilot's ability to operate the flight safely without specific route, speed, or altitude clearances. There even may be instances where aircraft separation responsibility will shift from the ground to the cockpit. The deployment of free-flight requires new ATC procedures, advanced airborne FMS and improved airborne situational awareness.

In this context the objective of the 3FMS project is to prepare an early functional definition of the European Flight Management System for free-flight operation. The main expected 3FMS achievements are the definition of the Free Flight functions compliant with the new AIRBUS FMS, their evaluation and demonstration in an AIRBUS flight simulator and a list of recommendations for their implementation in the future European ATM system. As a baseline to be reviewed in the course of the project, the onboard tactical flight management functions are aircraft separation, anticipatory terrain avoidance, weather management, and route of preference. The 3FMS technical approach will follow a classical R&D life-cycle: definition, design and prototyping, development, integration, functional validation and operational evaluation. The consortium is composed of 7 partners: three major avionics manufacturers, one major aircraft manufacturer, two aeronautical research centers and one Small Enterprise. BE97-4159

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THALES AVIONICS SA
Address
Rue De Villiers 45
Neuilly Sur Seine
France

Participants (7)

AIRBUS FRANCE SAS
France
Address
Route De Bayonne 316
Toulouse
Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG
Germany
Address
Wörthstraße 86
89077 Ulm
EURO TELEMATIK AG
Germany
Address
Riedweg 5
Ulm
QINETIQ LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
85 Buckingham Gate
London
SMITHS AEROSPACE LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Bishops Cleeve
GL52 4SF Cheltenham
STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAART LABORATORIUM
Netherlands
Address
2,Anthony Fokkerweg 13
1059 CM Amsterdam
Skysoft Portugal - Software e Tecnologias de Informação,S.A.
Portugal
Address
Taguspark
2780 920 Oeiras