This project, led by ORME, takes place in the research programme CleanSky, promoted by the Advisory Council for Aeronautical Research in Europe (ACARE) in Europe. With the aim of strengthening environmentally sustainable flight operations, the Systems for Green Operations (SGO) branch of the Clean Sky programme, focuses achieving, among other topics, on the management of the trajectories and missions of aircrafts.
To achieve the CleanSky SGO objectives, specific developments need to be carried out to develop innovative green flight management functions in view of the prototyping of the Flight Management System (FMS) of the future. With the objective to increase the technology readiness level and to demonstrate the robustness of such green FMS functions up to TRL 5-6, a large number of validation scenarios need to be tested.
Consequently, it has been all about the FLIP project to develop and validate a software application compatible with the FMS test bench, able to provide and consult actual airlines flight plans databases as well as to inject into the FMS equipment under test specific flight plans representative of the dedicated robustness scenario to be validated. Thus, the FLIP software developed by ORME and ATMOSPHERE enables to easily inject a more than 300000 flight plans database to a Thales new FMS. This tool also enables to create new flight plans from scratch, or to adapt existing flight plans, to achieve more specific studies. FLIP uses new data standards and protocols, suggested by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), promoted by the SESAR and NEXTGEN programme, such as FIXM, AIXM and WXXM, and the aeronautic standard protocol such as ARINC633.
After 15 months of R&D activities, the FLIP tool has been delivered to Thales Avionics by the ORME and ATMOSPHERE consortium, and is now used by Thales for their FMS tests.
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