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Mandatory Parameters and Data Storage Requirements for Flight Data Recorders

January 06, 2020 | BY: Stephen Willis, Steve Leaper

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Flight recorders have helped improve aviation safety since their introduction in the 1950s, providing vital information to ensure that, in the event of an accident, investigators can learn more about the chain of events leading up to it. Flight recorders have evolved over time to meet new regulatory mandates, to exploit new technologies, and to increase the amount of information available to accident investigators.

Regulatory bodies mandate what data should be stored, for example, the FAA stipulates the requirements for FDRs in title 14 of its code of federal regulations, known as the federal aviation regulations (FAR). It defines operating and flight rules under which aircraft operate. These include parts 91, 121, 125, 129, 133, and 135 that segment aircraft into different groups depending on their application. Subpart F of the standards in title 14 (aeronautics and space), part 23 (airworthiness standards: normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter category airplanes), describes what equipment is required for the respective part.

Mandatory Parameters and Data Storage Requirements for Flight Data Recorders

The data required has, in general, increased over the years and this is certainly the case for optional data operators also want to store, such as additional parametric data and image data. This white paper examines what parametric data is required by regulatory bodies, how data is processed for FDRs and what features FDRs need to meet current and future needs.

Download the full white paper now to read more about:

  • Flight Data Recorders
  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
  • ED-112A
  • Data Recorder Requirements

Author’s Biography

Stephen Willis

Marketing Portfolio Manager

Stephen Willis works for Curtiss-Wright in the role of Marketing Portfolio Manager. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Philosophy for research in mathematical models and their market application for risk assessment and a PG Dip in marketing and management. His current research interests include data acquisition, recording and control systems and their applications in enabling a cost effective route to gathering large amounts of data. In particular, applications of interest include flight test, crash protected recording and structural/ usage monitoring programs. He is the author of several of academic papers and magazine articles.

Author’s Biography

Steve Leaper

Product and Avionics Bids Manager

Steve Leaper works for Curtiss-Wright in the role of product manager for flight recorders and bids manager. He joined Curtiss-Wright in 1986, initially working with tape based voice and flight data recorders. Steve has spent virtually all of his career working with the flight recorder product range, with extensive knowledge of the product range and requirements. Steve has held the position of programme manager and had key account management responsibility for AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, and Goodrich amongst others whilst also representing Curtiss-Wright at international committees such as ARINC and EUROCAE.

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