The core CIDS system architecture – which is similar for nearly all Airbus aircraft types – has remained robust and effective over 30 years of operation, while allowing for seamless integration of updates and new capabilities. A high level of adaptability ensures it is suitable to the various Airbus jetliner versions without major hardware changes, while requiring minimal training for operators.
As Airbus further enhances CIDS in the years to come, there will be major pushes toward more digitalisation – allowing computers to process more types of flight-related data – as well as mobile access, with passengers potentially interfacing with crew members via their own mobile devices.
“The more data in the system, the more we can do,” Dr. Fischer added. “However, it is important to keep in mind that any future developments to CIDS must be fully safe and secure before implementation.”