An attitude and heading reference system ('AHRS) consists of sensors on three axes that provide heading, attitude and yaw information for aircraft. They are designed to replace traditional mechanical gyroscopicflight instruments and provide superior reliability and accuracy.
A form of non-linear estimation such as an Extended Kalman filter is typically used to compute the solution from these multiple sources.
AHRS have proven themselves to be highly reliable and are in common use in commercial and business aircraft. AHRS are typically integrated with electronic flight instrument systems (EFIS) which are the central part of so-called glass cockpits, to form the primary flight display. AHRS can be combined with air data computers to form an "air data, attitude and heading reference systems" (ADAHRS), which provide additional information such as airspeed, altitude and outside air temperature.
One abbreviation used in technology for sensor arrays used in AHRS is MARG (Magnetic, Angular Rate, and Gravity).