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British Airways Selects FMS developed by Sextant Avionique and Smiths Industries



Following an extensive technical review, British Airways has joined the list of customers choosing the new Flight Management System (FMS) developed by Sextant Avionique and Smiths Industries, for Airbus Industrie. Other international airlines selecting this system include Air France, America West, Asiana, China Northwest, China Southwest, US Airways and one undisclosed US major. They have chosen the new FMS both for future production aircraft and for retrofit of existing Airbus Industrie fleets. These airlines will operate more than 1000 (options included) A319/A320/A321 and A330/A340 aircraft, including those now in service and on order.

The new Sextant/Smiths FMS is currently in development, with certification expected in December 1999 for the A320 family version. The A330/A340 version will follow in year 2000.
Sextant Avionique and Smiths Industries are combining their complementary strengths to develop a high-performance, low-risk solution to modern flight management system requirements.
System integration started in October 1998 and the hardware part has been completed. Teams from Sextant Avionique and Smiths Industries are now working on software integration for the first functional version, to be delivered to Aerospatiale in the coming weeks. The first version of this FMS is expected to fly by the middle of the year.
Fully compatible with Airbus FANS A and B, the new-generation flight management system from Sextant Avionique and Smiths Industries will ease the way to the future air navigation environment, while providing enhanced operational capabilities and reliability.
Sextant Avionique's worldwide maintenance and repair network will provide comprehensive support for the new Airbus second-generation FMS.
One of the most noteworthy features of the new FMS is SEXTANT Avionique s multifunction control and display unit (MCDU), featuring color active-matrix crystal display (AMLCD) technology. Compatible with all A319/A320/A321 and A330/A340 aircraft, Sextant's new MCDU means that airlines need only a single part number for all of these aircraft, providing significant inventory savings over the multiple part number MCDUs used in the current flight management system.

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British Airways Selects FMS developed by Sextant Avionique and Smiths Industries