Air Côte d'Ivoire's A320s switch to Safran Electronics & Defense's WEFA system

Léo Barnier
20/09/2017 | 361 words
Air Côte d'Ivoire's A320s switch to Safran Electronics & Defense's WEFA system
© Safran Electronics & Defense
Today, a good aircraft is a connected aircraft. On-board connectivity continues to progress, whether for passenger entertainment or for MRO. Air Côte d'Ivoire has just selected Safran Electronics & Defense's WEFA solution (Wireless Extension For ACMS - Aircraft Condition Monitoring System) for its new A320ceos. The announcement was made by the French electronics specialist on 4th September.

WEFA consists of a secure 3G+ connection, which enables automatic transmission to the ground of flight data collected by the plane's ACMS units as soon as it lands. This then provides maintenance teams with very quick access to these parameters to study them and decide on any preventive or palliative maintenance actions "within two hours following landing". WEFA thereby enables any "physical" recovery by a technician to be bypassed. Safran E&D sees it as a way to reduce "costs, delays and the risk of data loss".

This automatic transmission system will also be combined with Safran E&D's Cassiopée FDM (Flight data monitoring) service offer. The data will be sent to the electronics specialist's experts who will analyse it and send reports to the airline to improve safety and the effectiveness of its operations. Air Côte d'Ivoire was already a customer of this solution.

Souleymane Kone, coordination manager at the Air Côte d'Ivoire maintenance centre, said : "The WEFA system now provides us with a fully integrated FDM chain as we can obtain data from anywhere at any time." This fits in with the airline's strategy to strengthen its maintenance resources, in particular with the construction of a hangar which is able to accommodate major inspections.

WEFA and Cassiopée FDM will be deployed on Air Côte d'Ivoire's Airbus fleet. Until now the airline had owned four A319ceos and two A320ceos, but it had started its renewal with an order for two new A320ceos. The first arrived this summer and the second is expected in October. The airline has also ordered three A320neos, which will be delivered from the end of 2019. These new planes will also be equipped with the WEFA system.
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