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UA Unveils Next Generation Software-Based FMS

Jun 19, 2019


We’re excited to introduce our next generation Flight Management System (FMS), the ClearVision Interactive-FMS (i-FMS). The i-FMS is a software-based FMS designed to be an end-supplier solution for flight management in an Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) infrastructure. The i-FMS offers the latest in Human-Machine Interface (HMI) by augmenting Head-Up Displays (HUD) and Head-Wearable Displays (HWD) to the flight deck itself, allowing pilots to ‘fly by sight.’

The i-FMS tackles one of the main challenges pilots face today with FMS operations; the need to propose changes to the FMS during critical phases of flight such as takeoff and landing. Typically, during this time pilots are required to shift their attention from outside the cockpit window to the FMS display unit – to reprogram the FMS and validate changes are correct – requiring last-minute updates and head-down operations. The i-FMS better supports this, allowing pilots to project waypoints and information from the FMS onto the real-world, superimposed on a HUD or UA’s SkyLens™ HWD. Pilots are able to interact with these features by Line-of-Sight (head/eye tracking) and a select/deselect button on the aircraft yoke or throttle.

The i-FMS features a portable FMS with highly modular architecture for ready deployment to any ARINC 653 compliant platform and a separate Human Machine Interface (HMI). The ARINC 653 compliant system allows customers to run the application in many third-party options to best suit their flight deck, with no need for specific hardware or Line Replaceable Units (LRU). The HMI, implemented with an ARINC 661 User Application, connects to the core operating system and allows pilots to communicate with the application.

With UA’s easy-to-use, customizable HMI, customers can design their own flight deck with the hosted FMS software. Since the system is modular, customers may specify future functionalities, allowing for easy adaptation to address upcoming requirements. Support for a third-party HMI is also offered. Additionally, customers may integrate their proprietary functions by interfacing to the core operating system or by customizing menus and operational logic.

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