Rugged Flight Data Recorders
Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR) and Flight Data Recorders (FDR) – popularly referred to as an aircraft’s “black box” – store important data to crash-protected memory. Curtiss-Wright has been manufacturing Flight Data Recorders since 1957 and FDRs began entering service on civil aircraft in the 1960s. In 1986, Curtiss-Wright introduced the world’s first combined FDR/CVR. The memory used to store this data is encased in layers of protective materials: stainless steel or titanium to withstand shock and high-temperature insulation to withstand heat. This helps to ensure that, in the event of an accident, data pertaining to the aircraft’s performance and pilot’s actions are available for analysis. Once recovered, the data can be downloaded and analyzed to help investigators determine the cause of the incident.
Curtiss-Wright’s Enhanced Multi-Purpose Flight Recorder (EMPFR) is the most compact, most versatile recorder on the market and is fully approved for current and anticipated FAA and EUROCAE requirements. The system achieves on-aircraft download in less than two minutes and allows direct networking to a remote operational base for remote diagnostics and fault reporting.
The Fortress recorder is fully ED-112A compliant and uses a modular architecture to rapidly accommodate custom interfaces with a lower time, cost and risk overhead than traditional designs. This flexibility also facilitates many optional features such as data encryption, SATCOM interface, wireless download and additional parameter acquisition from ARINC 429, discrete and analog interfaces.