Clean Sky European programme: ORME wins the third price of the best european project award, with FLIP, a software platform to test the performances of the Thales Avionics future FMS (Flight Management System).
Europe established 4 targets to be reached by the aviation industry by year 2020: reduce CO2 emissions per passenger kilometre by 50%, reduce NOx emissions by 80%, reduce perceived noise by 50% and reduce the environmental impact of the aviation industry, whilst increasing its performance. To cope with these targets, a few years ago, Europe built the Clean Sky programme, which brings together key players in this industry.
It is against that background that ORME won the European call for projects named FLIP (integrated element of the Clean Sky programme) related to the future Flight Management System (FMS) developed by Thales Avionics. The Toulouse-based company, in partnership with ATMOSPHERE offered to help optimize this FMS by developing a realistic test platform. The test software designed by ORME and ATMOSPHERE thus provides means to define criteria to select real flight plans from the whole world, to push these flight plans into the FMS, to create new flight plans and to modify them if necessary for testing purposes.
During the Clean Sky Awards, on the 4th of April of this year in Brussels, FLIP was acknowledged as the third best European project of the year, over 500 projects in competition. This prize is a reward for several months of teamwork between Thales, ORME and ATMOSPHERE.
ORME is still investing in this project and has just submitted a new proposal to the Midi-Pyrénées Regional Council and Europe for a continuation to the FLIP programme. This second phase will be conducted, like the first one, with ATMOSPHERE, a company specialized in weather data processing and networked aeronautical applications. The new project – FLIP 2 – will enrich the flight plans in the database with real-world weather forecast data.
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