Browse Publications Technical Papers 2011-01-2729

EMA Aileron COVADIS Development 2011-01-2729

In the frame of the COVADIS project (flight control with distributed intelligence and systems integration) supported by the DPAC and where Airbus and Sagem are partners, an electromechanical actuator (EMA) developed and produced by Sagem (SAFRAN group) flew for the first time in January 2011 as an aileron primary flight control of the Airbus A320 flight test Aircraft.
With this new type of actuator, in the scope of the preparation of the future Airbus Aircraft, the perspectives of using EMA technologies for the flight control systems is an important potential enabler in the more electrical aircraft.
The paper deals with the development phase of this actuator from the definition phase up to the flight tests campaign. It is focused on :
  • COVADIS project context (flight control with distributed intelligence and systems integration),
  • The challenges of the definition phase,
  • Test results presentation (ground and flight).


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