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Flight Management Systems Review

The information contained in this document is based on line experience with current systems. It should be used as a basis for ongoing research and development including the human factors aspects of future flight management systems and their interaction with the ATC environment.

Electronic Data Management System (EDMS)

This SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) recommends criteria for an Electronic Data Management System (EDMS) for use on the flight deck of transport aircraft. The EDMS may be the primary, and in some cases sole, on board source of documentation and information for flight operations, engineering, aircraft maintenance, cabin services, and training. This document addresses flight operations applications only. It addresses the requirements for the flight deck characteristics of airborne equipment elements for an Electronic Data Management System (EDMS), but not the ground support system requirements. Development of ground support systems for EDMS will be a significant task, which must take account of the end-user information handing requirements specified here. An Electronic Library System (ELS) is a partial implementation of EDMS, which incorporates only the data storage, retrieval and display functions.

On Board Weight and Balance System

This document recommends criteria for the flight deck display of an On Board Weight and Balance System. The system may have the capability of a primary operational device or be a secondary advisory source of information of weight and center of gravity position. The recommendations apply to transport aircraft and describe the operational and functional requirements for the display of an On Board Weight and Balance System.