Thales enhances its TopDeck avionics suite
March 8, 2011 – Thales has announced that it has been working on significant functional enhancements on its TopDeck avionics suite in order to anticipate operators requests, which will contribute to further improving the helicopter’s performance.
By Melissa Damota
March 8, 2011 – Thales has announced that it has been working on significant functional enhancements on
its TopDeck avionics suite in order to anticipate operators requests, which will contribute to
further improving the helicopter’s performance.
Previously selected by Sikorsky to equip the new version of it’s S-76D commercial helicopter
with the TopDeck avionics suite, Thales is now enhancing its functional content with a new
software version to meet the anticipated needs of prospective customers.
Thales TopDeck avionics suite will now offer new functionalities such as LPV (Localiser
Performance with Vertical guidance), XM Weather (on-screen satellite weather services),
FFS (Flight Following System) and ADS-B out (Automatic Dependent Surveillance –
Broadcast, transmission from aircraft to ground stations). Sikorsky customers will be offered
these capabilities as options.
This new standard involves enhancements to the iFMS 200 flight management system, the
TopStar 200 GPS receiver and the Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) to ensure
compatibility with new GPS SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) precision
Yves Joannic, Vice President in charge of Thales’s helicopter activities, comments: “With
these new functions, the S-76D TopDeck avionics suite is a perfect fit with the operational
requirements of Sikorsky’s customers. And with the Icube-S concept*, Thales has shown that
an integrated avionics suite can accommodate new functionality and safety features with no
impact on the helicopter’s intrinsic performance.”
These enhancements will not increase the weight of the helicopter or have any negative
impact on the helicopter payload’s capacity, whilst at the same time increasing pilot’s safety.
Sikorsky’s new S-76D helicopter is due to complete certification by the end of 2011. Sikorsky
Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.