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Wind River avionics system enables Airbus Helicopters

Posted: 22 Apr 2016     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wind River  Airbus Helicopters  avionics  helicopter  aircraft 

Wind River, a software provider for the Internet of Things (IoT), has revealed that Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group, is using Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform for its latest Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) system, Helionix.

Helionix represents the latest technological evolution from the European helicopter manufacturer offering remarkable pilot assistance and intuitive human machine interface, the company said. The latest avionics system, which includes the certified H175 and H145 civilian rotorcrafts, significantly improves helicopter management, and with its IMA approach provides unprecedented levels of performance and safety.

Airbus Helicopters

Figure 1: Airbus Helicopters is using Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform for its latest Integrated Modular Avionics system.

VxWorks 653 powers the multi-function display, flight management and control systems, as well as the auto pilot of the new aircrafts. In addition, it provides resource management and partitioning capabilities that allow multiple independent applications of different safety criticality levels to run on a single target platform.

A part of the Wind River product portfolio for trusted systems, VxWorks 653 is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platform for delivering safety-critical, IMA applications. Used in over 350 programmes by more than 200 customers on over 75 aircraft, and supported by 24 partners, it serves as a key technology in a range of commercial, space, safety and mission-critical programmes, both manned and unmanned, around the globe. These include Airbus and Boeing commercial and military aircraft such as the Airbus A400M and Boeing 787, detailed the company.

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