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Final Report on 2009 Air France Crash - released July 2012

Final Report on 2009 Air France Crash - released July 2012

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On the accident on 1st June 2009
to the Airbus A330-203
registered F-GZCP
operated by Air France
flight AF 447 Rio de Janeiro - Paris
On the accident on 1st June 2009
to the Airbus A330-203
registered F-GZCP
operated by Air France
flight AF 447 Rio de Janeiro - Paris

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Published by: Patrick on Jul 05, 2012
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The Airbus A330’s radio communications system consists of the following equipment:

VHF and HF transmitters-receivers,
RMP’s,
Audio integration systems: ACP and AMU.

Each VHF / HF transmitter-receiver can be controlled by one of the three RMP’s.

1.6.8.1 VHF equipment

There are three identical VHF communication systems installed. Each system includes:

A transmitter-receiver in the avionics bay;
An antenna on the upper part of the fuselage for VHF 1 and VHF 3, and on the
lower part of the fuselage for VHF 2.

1.6.8.2 HF equipment

The aircraft has two HF communication systems. Each system includes:

A transmitter-receiver in the avionics bay;
An antenna coupler situated at the root of the stabiliser;
A shared antenna integrated in the leading edge of the fin.

Since the HF system has a range of several thousand kilometres, a large number
of communications are received. Furthermore, the quality of the transmissions
may sometimes be poor. Communications may also be interrupted due to natural
phenomena.

A SELCAL call system, transmitting a visual and aural signal, informs the crew when a
ground station is attempting to contact them.

1.6.8.3 ADS-C

All the aircraft in the Airbus A330/A340 family are equipped with the avionics
necessary for FANS-A operations. Data link communications between the crew and
ATC services are exchanged via VHF data, SATCOM, ADS-C and CPDLC.

The on-board Air Traffic Information Management System (ATIMS) incorporates an
Air Traffic Services Unit (ATSU) computer that also manages the ACARS maintenance
messages. The fact that maintenance messages continued to be delivered until
the time of the accident demonstrates that there was no malfunction of the ADS-C
or CPDLC.

The ATSU computer, via the FMS, manages all the CPDLC and ADS-C messages. The
ACARS system is integrated into the ATSU.

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