Fly-by-wire system from Thales flies on new Gulfstream G650

SAVANNAH, Ga., 30 Nov. 2009. The all-new Gulfstream G650 ultra long-range business aircraft completed its first flight with a full three-axis fly-by-wire flight control computer system.

SAVANNAH, Ga., 30 Nov. 2009. The all-new Gulfstream G650 ultra long-range business aircraft completed its first flight with a full three-axis fly-by-wireflight control computer system.

The Gulfstream G650 fly-by-wire system consists of supplying two digital flight control computers and one backup flight control unit. Thales uses its Quad-Dual Flight Control Computer architecture along with modular packaging design to ensure that safety, certification, and operational dispatch requirements are met using four channels packaged into two cabinets.

The development phase is carried out in the Gulfstream Research and Development Center and the aircraft manufacturing in Gulfstream facilities in Savanna, Ga. The system level engineering and software development for Thales's FBW flight control computers and backup flight control unit takes place in Montreal, Thales's center of excellence, while the core computing system is developed by Thales's airborne computer unit located in France.

Mr., commented: "We have been working in close cooperation with Gulfstream for several years and we are proud to be part of the G650 development program and to contribute to the success of the G650's first fligh," says Alain Boursier, general manager of Thales's aerospace business activities in Canada.

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