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FMS
FMS
A computer system containing a database to allow programming of routes, approaches, and departures that can supply navigation data to the flight director/autopilot from various sources, and can calculate flight data such as fuel consumption, time remaining, possible range, and other values.
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source: FAA Advanced Avionics Handbook (FAA-H-8083-6)

A computer system that uses a large data base to allow routes to be preprogrammed and fed into the system by means of a data loader. The system is constantly updated with respect to position accuracy by reference to conventional navigation aids. The sophisticated program and its associated data base ensures that the most appropriate aids are automatically selected during the information update cycle.
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source: FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary

Flight Management System (FMS): Provides pilot and crew with highly accurate and automatic long-range navigation capability, blending available inputs from long- and short-range sensors.
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source: FAA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25A)

Flight management system (FMS): Provides pilot and crew with highly accurate and automatic long-range navigation capability, blending available inputs from long and short range sensors.
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source: FAA Risk Management Handbook (FAA-H-8083-2)

Flight Management System: an aircraft computer system that uses a large data base to
  1. allow routes to be pre-programmed;
  2. interface with the AFCS (Automatic Flight Control System) i.e. autopilot and flight director;
  3. memorise and update navigation aids;
  4. provide information to the EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) for PFD and ND displays
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source: ICAO English Pro Aviation Glossary


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