SmartSky Networks has announced a collaboration with GE Aviation and Mosaic ATM to enhance Flight Management Systems (FMS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). The partnership brings together the airborne and cloud-based FMS to optimise airspace management while maintaining flight safety and serves as a key enabler for AAM. The project benefits from a NASA Innovation Award.
According to the press release, the conceptualised cloud-based FMS will allow air traffic controllers better real-time trajectory and airspace management planning by expanding and optimizing available data inputs and processing capabilities across a greater number of relevant sources. In addition, enabling traffic flow management will minimise delays and improve efficiencies required by environmental, social and governance requirements, aiding sustainability planning initiatives. Greater accuracy of onboard FMS outputs will also be achieved through increased processing power and external inputs.
David Claassen, Chief Technology Officer, SmartSky Networks, says: “Fast access to data is central to ensuring the Advanced Air Mobility sector can safely further its operations protocols. Our work with GE Aviation and Mosaic ATM brings numerous benefits to the domain by addressing regulatory challenges, maintaining critical safety standards, and providing a force multiplier for airspace management.”
Gary Goz, Navigation Systems Product Director, GE Aviation, noted: “Advanced Air Mobility FMS presents unique space, power, and processing requirements but GE Aviation, Mosaic ATM and SmartSky Networks working together have identified ways to address these challenges. By combining both airborne and cloud-based FMS systems – coupled with a reliable, low latency network, we can address processing needs and still meet critical safety standards for flight control.”
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