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Merging Autopilot/Flight Control and Navigation-Flight Management Systems

Khaleel Qutbodin1
  • 1 International Islamic University of Malaysia, Malaysia


In this abstract the following commercial aircraft 3 avionics systems will be merged together: (1) Autopilot Flight Director System (APFDS), (2) Flight Control System (FCS) and (3) Flight Management Systems (FMS). Problem statement: These systems perform functions that are dependant and related to each other, also they consists of similar hardware components. Each of these systems consists of at least one computer, control panel and displays that place on view the selection and aircraft response. They receive several similar sensor inputs, or outputs of one system are fed as input to the other system. By combining the three systems, repeated and related functions are reduced. Since these systems perform related functions, designers and programmers verify that conflict between these systems is not present. Combining the three systems will eliminate such possibility. Also used space, weight, wires and connections are decreased, consequently electrical consumption is reduced. To keep redundancy, the new system can be made of multiple channels. Approach: The new system (called Autopilot Navigation Management System, APNMS) is more efficient and resolves the above mention drawbacks. Results: The APFDS system functions (as attitude-hold or heading-hold) are merged with the FCS system main function which is controlling flight control surfaces as well as other functions as flight protection, Turn coordination and flight stability augmentation. Also the Flight Management system functions (as flight planning, aircraft flight performance/engine thrust management) are merged in the new system. All this is done through combining all 3 systems logic software’s. Conclusion/Recommendations: The new APNMS system can be installed and tested on prototype aircraft in order to verify its benefits and fruits to the aviation industry.

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 3 No. 4, 2010, 629-630


Submitted On: 7 June 2010 Published On: 4 November 2010

How to Cite: Qutbodin, K. (2010). Merging Autopilot/Flight Control and Navigation-Flight Management Systems. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 3(4), 629-630.

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  • Integrated avionics systems
  • Autopilot/Flight-Director system (A/P-F/D)
  • Flight Control System (FCS)
  • Flight Management System (FMS)