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TECHNICAL TRAINING MANUAL


MAINTENANCE COURSE - T1 & T2 (RR / Metric)
LEVEL III - ATA 23 Communications
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LEVEL III - ATA 23 COMMUNICATIONS


Theory System
Communication Systems Description (3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Radio & Audio Integrated Manag. SYS Desc. (3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Avionics Communication Routing System Desc. (3) . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Cockpit Voice Recording System Description (3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
External & Taxiing Aid Camera System Desc. (3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Communication Systems Operation, CTL & IND (3) . . . . . . . . . . . .40
Communication Systems Component Location (3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
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COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS DESCRIPTION (3)


Communication Systems
The communication systems installed in the aircraft are:
o the radio communication systems composed of 2 HF and 3 VHF
systems,
o a satellite communication system named SATCOM system,
o an optional wireless communication system named Wireless Airport
Communication System (WACS),
o and on-board communication systems.
Here, we will keep the attention on radio and satellite communication
systems.
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COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

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Radio Communications
Radio communications are done either by HF or VHF radio frequencies.
The 2 HF systems installed on the aircraft are capable of voice and data
communication.
They are composed of a transceiver/coupler group for each and a common
antenna installed at the lower front part of the vertical stabilizer.
3 independent VHF systems are installed on the aircraft. Each system is
composed of a transceiver and an antenna. The transceivers installed are
all capable of voice and data communication but only the VDR3
Transceiver is basically connected to data sources, the two others being
dedicated to the pilots communication needs.
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RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

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AM/SSB modes are used in voice mode. The switching is done through
Radio Communications (continued) the RMPs.
The HFDR transceivers transmit the following data to the OMS :
HF System
- fault messages from the BITE to the CMS for failure isolation, failure
The HF system has: memorization and reports generation and,
o Two High Frequency Data Radio (HFDR) transceivers - its configuration to the DLCS for configuration monitoring and
o Two HFDR couplers management.
o A HFDR antenna. The CMS can launch the system tests from the maintenance terminals.
The two transceivers send and receive HF signals to/from the same The HFDR transceivers transmit HF EMITTING discrete to the FWS
HFDR antenna through their related coupler. for the alert computation need. The same data (KEY EVENT) is also
The two transceivers supply their operational status to each other by recorded by the FDRS through the CDAM.
the crosstalk bus.
An interlock function prevents one coupler emission while the other
is emitting.
The HFDR transceivers receive/send signals they convert from
audio/data signals into HF modulated signals and also from HF
modulated signals into audio/data signals. Audio signals are managed
by the AMUs and data signals are managed by the ACR.
AMUs also send the Push To Talk (PTT) signal.
The RMPs interface is used for the control and the indicating. They
are mainly used for voice/data switching, frequency tuning in voice
mode, port selection of transceivers and indicating of SELCAL calls.
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The transceiver segregates audio signal and SELCAL code encoded


in the HF modulated signal. The SELCAL code is transmitted to the
AMUs to be analysed. The AMU will send a call signal to the RMPS
to display the call for the HF system concerned.
In data mode, the ACR receives data mode status from the transceivers.
The frequency used is managed by the transceiver itself. This
transceiver? (one) includes a frequency database and, depending on
the aircraft position sent by the ADIRUs, will tuned itself on the related
frequency.
HF data transmission is automatically inhibited on ground thanks to
LGERS ground signal. GND HF DATALINK guarded P/BSW will
override this inhibition.
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RADIO COMMUNICATIONS - HF SYSTEM

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Radio Communications (continued)
VHF System
The VHF system is composed of three VHF Data Radio (VDR)
transceivers and their dedicated antenna.
The VDR transceivers receive/send signals they convert from
audio/data signals into VHF modulated signals and also from VHF
modulated signals into audio/data signals. Audio signals are managed
by the AMUs and data signals are managed by the ACR.
AMUs also send the Push To Talk (PTT) signal.
The RMPs interface is used for the control and the indicating. They
are mainly used for voice/data switching, frequency tuning in voice
mode, port selection of transceivers and indicating of SELCAL calls.
The transceiver segregates audio signal and SELCAL code encoded
in the VHF modulated signal. The SELCAL code is transmitted to
the AMUs to be analysed. The AMU will send a call signal to the
RMPS to display the call for the VHF system concerned.
Even if the three transceivers are identical and interchangeable only
VDR 3 transceiver is connected to the ACR for VHF datalink. In data
mode, the VDR 3 transceiver sends its data mode status to the ACR
and the ACR tunes the VDR 3 transceiver.
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The VDR transceivers transmit the following data to the OMS :


- fault messages from the BITE to the CMS for failure isolation, failure
memorization and reports generation and,
- its configuration to the DLCS for configuration monitoring and
management.
The CMS can launch the system tests from the maintenance terminals.
The VDR transceivers transmit VHF EMITTING discrete to the FWS
for the alert computation need. The same data (KEY EVENT) is also
recorded by the FDRS through the CDAM.

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RADIO COMMUNICATIONS - VHF SYSTEM

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The crew can select a pre-recorded telephone number from the list of the
Satellite Communications ORT, or dial a telephone number (if authorization is given by the ORT)
through the RMP keypad.
The SATCOM system can support multichannel voice and data
The telephone numbers can have one of these four priority levels:
communications
- EMERGENCY level 1: Only for emergency and distress telephone
The SATCOM system is composed of two subsystems:
numbers.
- The avionics subsystem, which converts voice/data signals into L-band
- SAFETY level 2: Only for regulatory and flight safety telephone
radio frequencies (and vice-versa),
numbers.
- The antenna subsystem, which sends and receives L-band radio
- NON-SAFETY level 3: Only for non-safety telephone numbers.
frequencies.
- PUBLIC level 4: Only for personal telephone numbers.
The Satellite Data Unit (SDU) supplies all primary services necessary to
The ACR will use one full-duplex channel for the data communication
provide air/ground communications through satellites (connection
services.
protocols and signal conversion).
The HSDU provides two additional simultaneous full-duplex channels
The Diplexer/Low Noise Amplifier (D/LNA) segregates transmitted and
for high speed datalink communication through the Cabin Router Unit
received signals and amplifies the received signal.
(CRU). The HSDU transmits and receives data for the cabin Internet
The Beam Steering Unit (BSU) controls the pointing of the airborne
(mail, etc.).
antenna.
The SDU transmits the following data to the OMS :
The optional High Speed Data Unit (HSDU) can be installed to send
- fault messages from the BITE to the CMS for failure isolation, failure
high-speed datalink communication to and from the Open World (e-mail,
memorization and reports generation and,
internet facilities).
- its configuration to the DLCS for configuration monitoring and
To use the SATCOM system, it must be logged on. It logs on
management.
automatically when the aircraft electrical network is energized. But it
The ORT and system table can be downloaded via the DLCS
can be manually logged on by selection of the log-on command on related
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The SDU transmits data to the FWS for the alert computation need.
SATCOM menu page on the RMP.
The SDU has an interface with the FDRS through IOMs and CDAM to
Depending on the Owner Requirement Table (ORT), the system table,
record the cockpit calls
the A/C position from the ADIRUs, the SDU will order the BSU to point
the antenna to a given satellite.
Six channels of the SATCOM system can be used for the cabin
communication services (airborne cabin telephone, fax, etc.) via the CTU.
As the cockpit has priority over cabin services, two channels (of the six
channels available) can be switched from the cabin to the cockpit for the
telephone function.

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RADIO & AUDIO INTEGRATED MANAG. SYS DESC. (3)


General
The Radio and Audio Integrated Management System makes easier:
o audio management,
o radio and data mode management and
o calls indication.
The main components of the system are the 2 Audio management Units
(AMUs) and the 3 Radio Management Panels (RMPs).
The AMUs are in charge of all cockpit audio functions including radio
communication, radio navigation, interphone, and aural indicating
functions.
The RMPs are the HMI for radio and audio management. They are also
used for data mode control.
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RAIMS Internal System
The 2 AMUs are interconnected via analog links for flight interphone
function and via A429 busses for status and BITE functions.
The 3 RMPs are interconnected to each other through dialog busses so
each RMP shows the same information thanks to an internal protocol.
The RMPs and AMUs use the ARINC link to manage audio
communications. The RMPs also send their operational status for
automatic reconfiguration in audio management. If one or more RMP(s)
is (are) defective, on the related RMP, the OFF LED comes on red to tell
the crew to set the defective RMP(s) to off. When it is off, an ECAM
memo shows a message to tell the flight crew that the RMP3 will be used
instead of the defective RMP (reconfiguration).
The AMUs are connected to several acoustic devices in the cockpit via
plugs. They manage the 4 loudspeakers installed (potentiometer & audio
output). They receive the Push-To-Talk (PTT) signals from either the
handmikes, the sidesticks or the RMPs (INTerphone/RADio PTT switch).
An optional PTT switch can be installed near the loudspeaker
potentiometers.
Ground mechanics are linked to the cockpit through the Ground Service
Panel at the nose landing gear using the flight interphone function of the
AMUs.
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All the RAIMS is connected to the OMS and FWS by the AMU1 only.
The AMU1 collects all BITE and status information from the AMU2 and
the 3 RMPs.
Concerning the reconfiguration function, main and back-up channels are
in the same AMU. The AMU1 is dedicated to captain and third occupant
sides and the AMU2 is dedicated to the first officer and fourth officer
sides.
A total loss of one AMU causes a total loss of all functions on the side
concerned as well as the loss of the flight interphone (NOGO item). If
the AMU1 is lost, all the RAIMS has lost it connection to the OMS and
no fault report can be sent to FWS.
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Audio Management
Audio management is done on the RMPs via transmission keys and
reception knobs for all communication means. Normally, the RMP1 is
used by the captain, the RMP2 by the first officer and the RMP3 by the
third occupant.
The AMUs collect RMPs selections. Depending on those, the AMUs will
manage audio inputs and outputs to connect the two relevant end-users
(cockpit user/communication means). The AMUs will prevent the cockpit
user from using several communication means at the same time, as well
as they prevent the use of a same communication means by several users.
Audio signals from radio navigation systems can be heard by the cockpit
crew upon selection on the RMPs. With the Morse identification code,
the radio navigation station can also broadcast various information in
voice mode. The VOICE key on the RMPs lets the AMUs filter the signal
to hide the Morse code in the audio signal.
The two AMUs receive the LS information from the CDS through discrete
links. The AMUs use this information to know to which equipment the
DME is coupled up and do the correct audio multiplexing. The DME is
coupled with the MMR if the LS is selected or to the VOR if the LS is
not selected.
The CVR-AMU interface is used for the audio recording. The AMU1
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sends 3 audio channels. The AMU2 gives to the AMU1 the CVR audio
signal by a dedicated interface.
The AESS and FWS send all audio alerts and warning signals to be
broadcast through all loudspeakers and headsets in the cockpit.

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SELCAL/CALL Functions
SELCAL/CALL functions are managed by the AMUS and RMPs display
visual indication. On transmission keys, depending on the source of the
call, CALL, ATT, or MECH indication will flash amber until the
communication is established. On top of this visual indication, the AMUs
will send this call indication to the FWS to generate aural warning in
return. This aural warning can be reset using the RST key on the RMPs.
From the SATCOM and cabin interphone systems, the AMUs receive a
simple discrete.
From radio communication systems calls are coded via a SELCAL code.
The AMUs pick from the OMS the SELCAL code of the aircraft. They
compare it to the signal received from HF or VHF systems. If the two
codes are matching, the AMUs will send the call indication to the RMPs
and FWS.
The cockpit crew can call the ground mechanics at the nose landing gear
using the MECH button on the CALLS panel. Thanks to a logic relay
wiring the cockpit call light on the Ground Service Panel (GSP) will light
and the horn will sound. This call will be activated on ground only
(LGERS ground signal). The horn can be shut off by the HORN RESET
button.
On the other hand, the ground mechanics at the nose landing gear can
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call the cockpit crew using the COCKPIT CALL button on the GSP. The
call discrete is sent to the AMUs to relay the information to the RMPs
(MECH flashing) and directly to the FWS.

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Radio Management and Data Mode Control
RMPs are interconnected to have the same information displayed.
They are in charge of the radio tuning of the HF and VHF systems. In
normal configuration, the RMP1 is connected to port B of the HFDR1,
VDR1 and VDR3 transceivers (COM1BUS1), the RMP2 to port B of
the HFDR2 and VDR2 transceivers (COM2BUS1). The RMP3 can tune
any of the radio communication systems through the RMP1&2
(COM3BUS1&2) even if they are off. Always in normal configuration,
to tune the VDR2 transceiver with the RMP1 as an example, the tuning
information goes from the RMP1 through the RMP2 to port B of the
VDR2 transceiver.
If the RMP3 and RMP1 or RMP2 are set to OFF, the port selection status
changes. The remaining RMP controls the transceiver of its side normally
by port B and the transceivers of the other side by their port A.
The RMPs are connected to the SDU through A429 busses to control the
SATCOM system. The RMPs are used to enter the log-on settings, and
to dial telephone numbers for cockpit crew communication. The SDU
sends to the RMPs its status and the phone directory from the ORT
database.
Output busses to the SDU are shared with the ACR. Those are used for
the ACR control and indicating.
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AVIONICS COMMUNICATION ROUTING SYSTEM DESC. (3)


General
The Avionics Communication Routing System is used to route air to
ground communication through the ACARS network.
The main component is the Avionics Communication Router (ACR),
field loadable software hosted in CPIOM-D3.
The ACR is linked to HF, VHF, and SATCOM systems to send and
receive messages to/from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Airline
Operational Control (AOC).
On the aircraft, clients of the ACR are datalink applications dedicated to
different use, the air traffic communications, the airline operational
communications and the Airline Administrative Communications (AAC).
The RMPs are the Human-Machine Interface of the ACR through the
MENU page.
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ACR description
Main functions of the ACR are to route data from the aircraft datalink
applications to the communication means and vice and versa. For this it
encodes and decodes the data signals using ACARS and APOTA protocols
(ACARS to/from the ground, APOTA to/from application through AFDX
network).
The ACR is made of three field loadable software:
- the ACR operational software which handles ACARS/APOTA protocols,
- the ACR provider database which contains air/ground communication
parameters (e.g. Datalink Service Providers (DSPs), Air Traffic Service
Providers (ATSOs)),
- the ACR customization database which contains airline preferences,
routing policies and VHF DSPs world map configuration and frequencies.
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The CMS can launch ACR interactive tests from the maintenance
ACRS interfaces terminals.
The DLCS loads the ACR application and databases in the CPIOM-D3.
Via the RMPs, the users can display the ACR status and initialization
The ACR receives the UTC date and time from the clock system.
parameters as well as communication means and ACARS sub-networks
On the RESET panel 1231VM, the DataTLiNK ROUTER C/B can reset
status. They can see the VHF DSP automatically selected by the ACR
the ACR.
or select one manually. It is also by the RMPs that the user will manage
the voice/data switching of the HF and VHF communication means.
The ACR is linked to HFDR1 and HFDR2 transceivers for upload and
download messages. HFDR transceivers will tune themselves to reach
the ground stations.
The ACR is linked to VDR3 transceiver for upload and download
messages. The ACR will also tune the transceiver according to the DSP
selected.
The ACR is linked to the SDU for upload and download messages sent
via satellite communication.
Datalink applications are hosted in:
- The CPIOM-D1: the ATC datalink application uploads and downloads
ATC messages.
- The Flight Management Computers (FMCs): they can include AOC
datalink applications for upload and download AOC messages.
- The Network Server System (NSS): AOC and AAC datalink applications
use the Air-ground Message Server (AMS) hosted in the Aircraft Network
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Server Units - Operation (ANSUs-OPS) to upload and download AOC


and AAC messages.
The ACR has interface with the Flight Warning System (FWS). The ACR
transmits data to the FWS for the alert computation need. The FWS
transmits the actual FWS Flight Phase to the ACR for BITE.
The ACR transmits the following data to the OMS:
- fault messages from the BITE to the CMS for failure isolation, failure
memorization and reports generation and,
- its configuration to the DLCS for configuration monitoring and
management.

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COCKPIT VOICE RECORDING SYSTEM DESCRIPTION (3)


General
The main component of the system is the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR).
The CVR records 4 audio independent channels on 2 hours and all
necessary data link communication messages directly from the Air Traffic
Control (ATC) applications.
The CVR Control Unit manages some functions of the CVR. It also
amplifies the cockpit area microphone signal.
It is permanently powered by 115V AC. The CVR records upon a logic
relay wiring depending on several aircraft conditions. To do maintenance
and test operations, the ground control P/BSW can set the CVR in
recording mode.
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A429 link between the Centralized Data Acquisition Module (CDAM)
Description and the CVR is used to record the UTC time for time synchronization.
The CVR transmits data to the Flight Warning System (FWS) for the
The CVR records 3 audio channels from the Audio Management Unit 1
alert computation need.
(AMU1) only. The 4th audio channel recording cockpit ambient noise The CVR transmits the following data to the OMS:
comes from the cockpit area microphone. This signal is amplified in the - fault messages from the BITE to the Central Maintenance System (CMS)
CVR control panel. for failure isolation, failure memorization and reports generation and,
The CVR also records data communications from ATC application (hosted - its configuration to the Data Loading and Configuration System (DLCS)
in CPIOM-D1) through A429 busses. This function is pin-programmed for configuration monitoring and management.
through the Onboard Maintenance System (OMS). The CMS can launch CVR system interactive tests from the maintenance
The CVR record upon a logic relay wiring depending on several aircraft terminals.
conditions. In automatic mode conditions to be in recording mode are: The DLCS loads the CVR system pin programming configuration.
o On the ground, during the first five minutes after energization of the
aircraft electrical network
o On ground with at least 1 engine master switch ON
o In flight
o On the ground, during five minutes after the last engine shutdown
If on ground, no engine master switch on and aircraft electrically
energized for more than five minutes, the CVR can be set in recording
mode using the recorder ground control P/BSW.
The CVR control unit is used to test the CVR. The CVR must be in
recording configuration to do the following actions.
The central plug on the CVR control unit is used to monitor audio
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recording. By this way, with a boomset plugged, the user can listen what
is recorded. The user will also listen to aural indication of the successful
of the test and erase functions.
The TEST P/BSW initiates the test of the CVR including the BITE test.
At the end of the test and if no problems, an audio tone is heard through
the boomset.
The ERASE P/BSW is used to erase the audio-recorded only memory of
the CVR. This can be done upon those conditions only: the aircraft must
be on ground with parking brake set. The P/BSW must be pressed more
than 2 seconds to start the erasure. The erasure done, an audio tone is
heard through the boomset.
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EXTERNAL & TAXIING AID CAMERA SYSTEM DESC. (3)


General
The main components of the External and Taxiing Aid Camera System
(ETACS) are the Camera Interface Unit (CIU) and the Taxiing Aid
Cameras (TACs). The CIU picks up the images from the TACs to display
on the Control and Display System (CDS). The Concentrator and
Multiplexer for Video (CMV) will relay the video images. The EFIS and
ECAM control panels will be used for control of the ETACS.
When selected the ETACS picture is built with belly and vertical stabilizer
TACs image mosaic. Indicated inserts and ground speed are added on
the display to complete the aid. If the option is selected, the CIU will
also give the nose TAC image when the crew asks for the external
monitoring.
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and CAMERA P/BSW is set to on and the ETACS is activated
Description (information sent by the CMV).
The CIU has an output for IFE. The picture coming from the Fin Camera
The CIU receives video signals from the different TACs through optic
or the picture coming from the Belly Camera is sent continuously towards
fiber. The video images from the belly and the vertical stabilizer TACs
IFE except when the crew using the "LANDSCAPE & TAXI CAMERA"
are put in the mosaic format by the CIU. It also adds inserts on these
pushbutton in the cockpit switches off the output. The CIU transforms
images. The CIU sends these images to the CMV to be shown on the
the digital video signal into an analog video signal at NTSC standard.
cockpit DUs (PFDs and SD) through optic fibers. The CDS will insert
The picture is displayed with no insert, full screen and at IFE screen
on those images the ground speed received from the Air Data/Inertial
format (4/3 format, no width reduction).
Reference System (ADIRS).
Textual information "NOT AVAIL" will be shown instead of the video
The EFIS control panels give the ETACS activation demand on PFDs
images for specific conditions such as CIU or TAC failure, warm up and
directly to the CIU. This demand is also sent to the CMV and the CDS
camera temporary shut down for high temperature reason, to avoid blank
via the Avionics Data Communication Network (ADCN).
screen on display. This textual encrustation is generated by the CDS.
The ECAM control panel gives the ETACS activation demand on SD to
CMV and CDS via the ADCN. The CMV will relay this information to
the CIU.
Each camera has an internal monitoring. The result of this monitoring is
transmitted to CIU through ancillary data in video stream and through a
discrete link for redundancy.
The CIU fulfills its own monitoring and collects the cameras monitoring.
The CIU works out the BITE system and transmits it to the Central
Maintenance System (CMS) through the Secure Communication Interface
(SCI) using A429 bus.
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The CIU transmits the following data to the Onboard Maintenance System
(OMS):
- fault messages from the BITE to the CMS for failure isolation, failure
memorization and reports generation and,
- its configuration to the DLCS for configuration monitoring and
management.
An optional switch can be installed to inhibit the display of the video
images from outside the aircraft.
The ETACS lights are installed on the aircraft to give light to the filmed
areas. They are switched on when, on ground, the RunWay TURN OFF

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Display Management
The CIU manages images from the TACs. It starts building the mosaic
image as soon as it receives an ETACS activation signal.
On PFDs, the requests from the EFIS control panels are sent to the CIU
and to the CMV. The taxi aid pictures can be displayed on PFDs only
when aircraft is on the ground and for ground speeds inferior to 60 kts.
Their display on PFD are switched off automatically by CDS when ground
speed exceeds 60 kts or when aircraft is in flight. Moreover, the EFIS
control panels receive from the PRIM system, "ETACS inhibition"
information, which deactivate the switch. The CIU and CDS will no more
receive the request for ETACS pictures on PFDs. The crewmembers have
to re-select the dedicated control mean to activate the pictures display on
PFDs when aircraft lands on the ground and when ground speed decreases
less than 60 kts.
On SD display, the ETACS pictures belong to the VIDEO page. This
page has the same priority than the other system pages. That to say that
if no other page is automatically called by the system like warning or
advisory display, or flight phases inhibition, the ETACS pictures can be
displayed on the SD at all time. The VIDEO switch on the ECAM control
panel is used for the selection of the video page on the SD. The user can
choose which video has to be shown on the rotary button below the
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VIDEO switch on the ECAM control panel. The CMV will manage and
give this information to the CIU on which video to send to the CDS. If
the nose Taxiing Aid Camera is installed, the CIU gives the ETACS
mosaic pictures or the external surveillance pictures.

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General
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Cockpit
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A/C Interior
Cockpit
A/C Zone 123
A/C Zone 124
A/C Zone 160
A/C Zone 252
A/C Zone 293
A/C Zone 294
A/C Exterior
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