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GE Aviation FMS approved

21st February 2018 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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GE Aviation has received approval for its flight management system (FMS) from Boeing's KC-46 tanker programme.

The approval results from an amended type certification awarded by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the 767-2C aircraft configuration of the KC-46 aircraft.

GE Aviation’s FMS and communications management applications (CMA) are part of the KC-46 mission control system.

To receive this certification, Boeing completed a series of analyses and lab, ground and flight tests that focused on the aircraft’s fundamental capabilities including avionics, auto-flight and environmental control systems, as well as its new fuel system. The resulting data validated that all systems operated as planned.

The CMA takes the place of the traditional communication management unit on the aircraft by providing the communications management function as a hosted application running on the flight management computer.

The CMA provides full aircraft communications addressing and reporting system and aeronautical telecommunications network data link communications between the aircraft, air traffic control and the mission control centre.  By providing the FMS and CMA/ATN capability as software applications, GE's system provides a more integrated user interface on the aircraft.

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