Multi-Purpose Server Provides for a Paperless Operation,
Secure Connectivity, and NextGen Functionality
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, August 25, 2015 – Astronautics Corporation of America announced that its NEXIS™ Flight-Intelligence System for Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 aircraft has been awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
“EASA approval will allow airlines around the world the opportunity to realize NEXIS’ operational benefits of eEnablement and the NextGen Air Transport System,” said Chad Cundiff, President of Astronautics.
Astronautics’ NEXIS platform allows an operator to create an aircraft network for seamless operations including aircraft and back-office networking with tailored security solutions. The system also enables the display of enhanced applications such as electronic charts, enroute moving maps, and a full digital library in order to support paperless operations. The charts and maps are further enhanced by two certified multi-function displays that show ownship information and real-time weather — increasing the flight crew’s situational awareness.
NEXIS securely connects the aircraft by recording, monitoring, and automatically transmitting Flight / Maintenance Operational Quality Assurance data (FOQA / MOQA), facilitating Loadable Software Aircraft Parts (LSAPs) and Flight Management System (FMS) dataloads, and providing advanced global tracking capabilities.
In order to further enable Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs), such as iPads and other tablets, Astronautics is adding to the NEXIS system the ability to securely interface with mobile devices either wirelessly or through wired means. This solution will allow operators to access applications that reside on the server through the tablet and it will provide aircraft data to applications that reside on the tablet. Operators can now get the most out of their investment in mobile technology. This functionality will be available in the first quarter of 2016.
“Our NEXIS secure server stores and processes information generated on the aircraft during flight that can be automatically downloaded to an airline’s operation center enabling improved maintenance and more efficient flight operations,” Cundiff said. “Via our secure interface, operators can connect their mobile devices to NEXIS without direct access to flight critical avionics. NEXIS is device agnostic, allowing it to securely connect to any tablet or PED that is deployed. And in today’s aircraft cyber security world, NEXIS makes it easier to adapt to future security threats.”
In order to facilitate full NextGen functionality, NEXIS has the ability to display Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast traffic within Astronautics’ certified Cockpit Display of Traffic Information (CDTI) application suite. CDTI includes Merging & Spacing and In-Trail Procedure tools which allow the pilot to optimize the aircraft route horizontally and vertically, reducing fuel consumption / carbon emissions.
“Adding NEXIS is an extremely cost effective way to go paperless, securely connect your aircraft, and add NextGen functionality,” Cundiff said.
NEXIS received a Federal Aviation Administration STC in August of 2013 for the Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 aircraft.
About Astronautics Corporation of America
Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight displays, engine displays, mission computers, electronic flight bags and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include system integration and custom software for critical applications. Since its founding in 1959, Astronautics has been providing tailored engineering solutions to help clients achieve mission success. For more: www.astronautics.com.