Aviation Electronics Europe 2017

Aviation Electronics Europe 2017

The international avionics industry will gather in Germany next month for the two-day annual conference and exhibition, Aviation Electronics Europe, which will take place on 25th-26th April 2017 in Munich.

The event includes a main conference program, a series of technical workshops and certified training courses as well as the largest exhibition in aviation electronics in Europe.

Adrian Broadbent, event director and owner of Aviation Electronics Europe, said, “We are delighted that the conference programme will deliver a broad range of experts informing, educating and sharing valuable information and knowledge with industry peers. The Aviation Electronics Europe conference has been regularly delivering the best programme to address the latest challenges and issues facing the avionics industry.”

Leading international experts are invited to participate in the conference to address key industry hot topics and challenges, including the Single European Sky and Next-Gen initiatives. The following are news updates from exhibitors who are attending Aviation Electronics Europe.

TechSAT and TTTech Partner Over Next Generation Test Benches

Last year TTTech and TechSAT jointly announced the integration of TTTech’s TTEthernet network switches into TechSAT’s ADS2 avionics test benches for OEMs and system integrators.
TechSAT and TTTech extend their complementary expertise to assure the system integration and testing process scalability. Core is TechSAT’s powerful 2nd generation Avionics Development System (ADS2). Target applications are electric aircraft and IMA systems. In the scope of the latest ADS2 update, TTTech will provide 24-port 1Gbit/s TTEthernet network switches.

TechSAT and TTTech - experience doubled.
TechSAT and TTTech – experience doubled.

TTTech’s TTESwitch A664 Lab offers the ability of supporting standard Ethernet (IEEE 802.3), Deterministic Ethernet services such as ARINC 664 part 7 (AFDX) and Time-Triggered Ethernet (SAE AS6802) on one physical infrastructure. The solution provides advanced reconfiguration capabilities suited for the design of reproducible and reliable system tests.

“TTTech’s standards and quality are the norm against which one must measure the competition”, commented Elwin Muerth, head of sales at TechSAT. “We are very pleased to have TTTech as our partner in TTP, AFDX and Deterministic Ethernet networking. Together it is possible to support all aspects of the customer’s product lifecycle – starting from development over integration until verification and even ground testing.”

“We are delighted to see adoption of our AFDX and TTEthernet 1GBit/s network switches by a market leader in aerospace system integration and verification platforms,” said Ingomar Wenzel, product manager at TTTech.

FreeFlight and Becker Team Over ADS-B

FreeFlight Systems has partnered with Becker Avionics to offer a complete ADS-B solution for business and commercial class aircraft. By combining the Becker Avionics BXT6513 mode S transponder with FreeFlight Systems 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor, and RANGR-RX ADS-B receiver, these remote mounted solutions will provide turbo prop and turbo jet business aircraft with a cost effective way to equip with ADS-B In and Out for the upcoming January 2020 mandate.

“With less than three years remaining to meet the ADS-B rule, there is a lack of cost effective, high quality options for the business aircraft market,” said vice president of sales and marketing, Pete Ring. “We are pleased to team with FreeFlight Systems to offer a complete solution for these operators, including transponder, GNSS source and ADS-B In receiver certified as a package,” said Thomas Terschlusen, director of sales and marketing.

Helionix Uses VxWorks 653 in Airbus H175 and H145 Helicopters

Helionix: avionics with safety in mind.
Helionix: avionics with safety in mind.

Airbus Helicopters uses Wind River’s VxWorks 653 platform for its new Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) system, Helionix.

The Helionix avionics system certified on the H175 and H145 helicopters has been designed to improve helicopter management. Wind River’s VxWorks 653 powers the multi-function display, flight management and control systems, as well as the auto pilot. It provides resource management and partitioning capabilities that allow multiple independent applications of different safety criticality levels to run on a single target platform.
“As we sought to create the next generation of our helicopters’ avionics, we turned to Wind River for its unmatched experience in this area,” said Christian Franot, head of Helionix program at Airbus Helicopters. “Already validated in other IMA systems, Wind River safety critical technology offers the reliability, flexibility and configurability required for an implementation meeting stringent safety demands.”

VxWorks 653 is now used in over 400 projects by over 200 customers in over 80 aircraft. In addition to the new helicopters above, VxWorks 653 is the leading ARINC 653 time and space application used by the Airbus Military A330 MRTT, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 767 Tanker, Boeing P-8A Poseidon, Lockheed Martin C-130T, and Northrop Grumman UH-60V Blackhawk Helicopter.

EASA certifies the European AIS Database (EAD)

Eurocontrol became the first pan-European aeronautical information service provider to be certified under the Single European Sky legislation regarding the provision of the European AIS Database (EAD).

The European AIS Database (EAD) is the world’s largest Aeronautical Information System (AIS) supporting the provision of the EAIM services. It was developed by the Eurocontrol Agency as a service to States and stakeholders. The aim of EAD is to ensure the availability of electronic aeronautical information of high quality, presented in a harmonised way and serving the requirements of all relevant users in terms of data quality and timeliness. The service allows other Aeronautical Information Service Providers (AISPs) to enter and maintain their data in a central repository and enables data users to retrieve and download AIS data in real time.

From left: Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, Henrik Hololei, Director General of DG MOVE, and Frank Brenner, Director General of Eurocontrol.
From left: Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, Henrik Hololei, Director General of DG MOVE, and Frank Brenner, Director General of Eurocontrol.

“We are pleased to have received the EASA certification for EAD which allows us to take this invaluable service to the next level,” said Joe Sultana, director Network Manager. “We see EAD as an essential element of the work of the Network Manager as a whole and we look forward to seeing EAD as part of the revision of the Network Management Implementing Rule. This would allow the EAD to contribute even further to network efficiency and performance.”

Future plans for Eurocontrol include the certification of the Network Manager as the first pan-European Service Provider of Central Air traffic Flow Management in 2019.

Rapita Systems Joins SECT-AIR project

SECT-AIR aims to develop systems that increase the productivity of developing critical software in the UK aerospace industry, and encourage the use of these systems. The project has been designed to meet the increasing need for efficient and maintainable development processes in the critical software industry.

This need will be met by the project partners, many UK institutions that are involved in critical systems development such as suppliers, tool vendors and universities. The project, which began in July 2016, will take place over three years with a budget in excess of £10 million, funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK. During the project, Rapita Systems will develop improved processes for the development and maintenance of embedded software with an emphasis on unit test generation and execution.