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Thales makes mark on new Gulfstream G650

Oct. 10, 2012, Montreal - Thales Canada extended its congratulations to Gulfstream for receiving flight worthiness certification
for the ultra-long range G650 business jet from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this month.


October 10, 2012
By Carey Fredericks

Integral to the aircraft’s technologically advanced design is Thales’ full three-axis Fly-By-Wire (FBW) Flight Control Electronics (FCE) solution.

“We are delighted to be part of the G650 and Gulfstream’s achievement of this significant milestone with the FAA,” said Paul Kahn, Thales Canada, President and CEO. “We are committed to developing technologies and skills of the highest quality
and offering them to the world Our success providing an FCE solution that best meets the needs of the G650 further positions us as a world-leading supplier and preferred system integrator of FBW technology."

The FCE consists of two digital flight control computers and one back-up flight control unit. Thales applied its latest design evolution of quad-dual flight control computer architecture, along with modular packaging design, to ensure that all stringent safety, certification and operational dispatch requirements were met.

“Working closely with our customer, Thales has developed state-of-the-art built-in redundant technology that exceeds certification requirements,” said Michel Grenier, Vice President, Thales Canada, Aerospace. “Applying the highest of industry
standards, we developed an FCE solution that provides an additional level of safety, over and above certification requirements, through the use of a separate, completely dissimilar and dedicated back-up flight-control computer.”

The system level engineering and software development for FBW FCE is designed by Thales Canada, Aerospace located in Montreal, and the hardware is designed and produced by Thales Avionics in France.