ATR receives avionics test benches from Hensoldt Nexeya


Regional aircraft maker ATR has procured latest generation test benches from Hensoldt Nexeya.

The test benches, which feature Hensoldt Nexeya’s Alysa simulation can be used to validate new avionics systems that optimize aircraft approach capabilities, and improve aircraft operation while providing more user-friendly pilot interfaces.

Toulouse, France-based ATR is one of the leading regional aircraft manufacturers, with its ATR 42 and ATR 72 models the world’s best-selling in the less than 90-seat segment.

The test benches have been tailored with the ALYSA simulation to meet ATR’s needs in the best possible way in terms of reliability and cost efficiency, saidHensoldt Nexeya.

The safety of new features can be operationally tested in scenarios where flight tests could never be conducted using simulation, such as serious system failures or errors, an avionics bus overload, or extreme weather conditions.

Engineers are increasingly using simulation during product development and certification. It also allows for device and software design validation in early project phases and shortens the duration of flight testing, reducing the cost of projects said Hendsoldt Nexeya.

The test bench is fully modular and scalable and can be adapted to any future device, system and system of systems developments. Additional features, such as a 3D engine, can be integrated thanks to the fully open design. This means test staff can pilot an aircraft with new features while development is still happening.

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