Aeronautics

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Now, more than ever, Europe, which is in second place behind the United States in terms of aircraft manufacturing, needs to be increasingly vigilant in the face of worldwide competition, in order to remain at the forefront. The threats are very real: China’s insatiable ambition, Brexit, massive support for the defence, space and aviation sectors in America and continuing recruitment problems in France. Indeed, although AIRBUS and BOEING have hitherto dominated the civil aviation market, COMAC, a new competitor, has emerged with the first Chinese medium-haul, single-aisle aircraft, the C-919, whereas, a mere twelve years after the A380 came into service, AIRBUS has decided to stop producing the “giant of the skies” in 2021, due to a lack of orders.

Nevertheless, the extraordinary increase in worldwide civil and military air transport is continuing unabated. Against the backdrop of a widespread improvement in the economic situation, global passenger traffic numbers are continuing to rise at a sustained pace, providing a boost to the aircraft industry (particularly thanks to low cost airlines). This means that the robust financial health of the majority of carriers is allowing them to modernise their fleets. This is where AUSY plays its part with new cabin interiors and the retrofitting of existing cabins, to maximise space and comfort.

At the same time, a major global challenge is the need to reduce the carbon footprint of aircraft. The focus of manufacturers’ innovation is on lighter materials and equipment, but also, and more importantly, on biofuels and the use of electrical energy. Even though the energy efficiency of flights is increasingly improving, the electrification of aircraft remains a priority. AUSY designs systems and computers specifically allowing energy to be distributed optimally within the aircraft.

In addition, the transition to digital is continuing in the aviation sector. Manufacturers and suppliers are currently working to devise new services and features, made possible by the digitisation of data. Aircraft manufacturers are specifically working on the use of big data to reduce the length of test phases. The exploitation of data may also allow faults to be anticipated and the servicing of aircraft to be scheduled by means of predictive maintenance. Data analysis (vibration, maintenance and background data) is one of the strengths of AUSY, which is involved in collecting and formatting it for use.

While widely employing new repair methods and new digital tools for processing megadata, the MRO industry (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) must ensure that account is taken of the risks involved in these. In order to respond precisely to this need, AUSY provides services and expertise in the field of cybersecurity, a sector that is, without doubt, one of the areas about which users are most concerned.

As part of this digital revolution, civil business and transport aircraft are becoming increasingly connected. AUSY helps to equip them with avionic systems, which handle the essential and critical safety functions associated with radiocommunication, navigation, flight control, flying/piloting, etc. The high point being that passenger “connectivity” is extremely sought-after and the means for remaining connected in flight are multiplying. 

This means that, against a backdrop of ultra-connectivity, improving energy efficiency and an increase in production speeds, more than ever, AUSY represents a driving force in this technological and environmental revolution.

 

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