Two key elements of aeronautics system are that they must be embedded in the aircraft, and highly dependable. Airbus airplanes are providing practical examples of such systems.
“Embedded systems” in a broad sense are key levers to optimise airplane. Indeed, success of an airplane design depends heavily on the functions that are provided by embedded systems and on the level of synergy between airplane and system functions design. Systems supporting vehicle control functions are fully embedded in the airplane avionics, but also in structure and flight mechanics, to the benefit of reduced structural weight, and enhanced manoeuvrability. An integral design process is applied.
The architecture of these systems is based on the sub-functions they have to implement; the technologies are selected to address all the multiple requirements of these functions, including the specificities of aeronautics such as dependability, long time supportability, market specificities.
The presentation is based on the experience accrued during the development and the in-service support of the Airbus family, from A320 to A350, on fly-by-wire systems and other related systems