Posted on: 12 November 2014 by Mark Howells
The Astronautics Corporation of America will supply Virgin America’s Airbus A320 fleet with its NEXIS Flight-Intelligence System to give the aircraft electronic flight bag (EFB) capability.
“Virgin America was one of the first airlines in the world to adopt EFBs and we are proud to take the next leap forward with the introduction of the NEXIS Flight-Intelligence System across our fleet,” announced Virgin America’s COO, Steve Forte. “This sophisticated technology will improve efficiency now and into the future.”
The NEXIS system consists of two certified multi-function displays, which will show electronic charts and maps to enhance pilot situational awareness, as well as two multi-purpose server systems for each aircraft. The servers will host a full digital library which supports Virgin America’s paperless operation by providing the ability to update data wirelessly using the aircraft’s onboard communication systems. The benefits of the server include improved maintenance and more efficient flight operations.
The server will also allow pilots to obtain and display real-time weather data in flight including Nexrad weather radar information, which shows a complete picture of the current weather across the United States.
Displaying Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic is also possible with the NEXIS system. ADS-B “In” provides both air traffic control and in flight aircraft with improved situational awareness of other traffic, increasing airspace capacity, saving fuel and reducing delays.
“Astronautics is excited to provide our NEXIS system to Virgin America, an airline built on innovation. Astronautics shares that drive for innovation, having been at the forefront of ADS-B and flight information technology for over a decade,” claimed Chad Cundiff, president of Astronautics. “NEXIS has a significant amount of expansion capability that can be tailored providing Virgin America a platform for growth.”
Fleetwide installation of the NEXIS Flight Intelligence System is scheduled for completion in March 2016.