Flying 4-D

This easyJet A320neo, G-UZHW (msn 8759), is the first of 100 A320s to have FANS-C avionics.
P Masclet/Airbus

ALTHOUGH AN Airbus A320neo recently delivered to easyJet, G-UZHW (msn 8759), looks like other new A320neos delivered to the UK low-cost carrier, this Airbus has one important difference under the skin: it is the first A320neo with an enhanced FANS-C datalink.

The aircraft, along with dozens of other A320neos to be so equipped, will over the next year take part in a Europe-wide project called Demonstration of air traffic management Improvements Generated by Initial Trajectory Sharing, or DIGITS.

The project, part of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) initiative, aims to show how sharing aircraft trajectory information with air navigation services providers (ANSPs) can improve the efficient handling of aircraft in the Terminal Manoeuvring Area (TMA) around an airport.

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