Airbus Helicopters engineers develop Helionix Integrated Modular Avionics system on Wind River platform
ALAMEDA, Calif., 27 April 2016. Engineers designing Airbus Helicopters sought a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platform for its new Helionix safety-critical Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) system. They found their solution at Wind River, provider of software for the Internet of Things (IoT) in Alameda, California, choosing to develop Helionix on the Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform.
Helionix, the latest technological evolution from the European helicopter manufacturer, a division of Airbus Group, is designed to offer an unrivaled pilot assistance and intuitive human machine interface, significantly improve helicopter management, and provide unprecedented levels of performance and safety with its IMA approach.
The new avionics system is employed on the certified Airbus H175 and H145 civilian rotorcraft. VxWorks 653 powers the multifunction display, flight management, and control systems, as well as the auto pilot of the new aircraft. In addition, it provides resource management and partitioning capabilities that allow multiple independent applications of different safety criticality levels to run on a single target platform.
“As we sought to create the next generation of our helicopters’ avionics, we turned to Wind River for its unmatched experience in this area,” says Christian Franot, head of Helionix program at Airbus Helicopters. “Already validated in other IMA systems, Wind River safety-critical technology offers the reliability, flexibility, and configurability required for an implementation meeting stringent safety demands. Wind River also delivered end-to-end expertise, from the system design to the certification process, enabling a smooth development cycle.”
“For more than three decades, Wind River has been a trusted advisor in the development of safety and mission-critical products; our longstanding relationship with Airbus Helicopters dates back more than a decade to when VxWorks was selected for the design of their previous generation helicopters,” adds Dinyar Dastoor, general manager of operating systems at Wind River. “We are extremely pleased that our technology has enabled the development of yet another revolutionary avionics project, with Helionix being Airbus Helicopters’ first IMA implementation.”
A part of the Wind River product portfolio for trusted systems, VxWorks 653 is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platform for delivering safety-critical, IMA applications. Used in over 350 programs by more than 200 customers on over 75 aircraft, and supported by 24 partners, it serves as a key technology in a wide range of commercial, space, safety- and mission-critical programs, both manned and unmanned, around the globe, including Airbus and Boeing commercial and military aircraft such as the Airbus A400M and Boeing 787.
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