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Addressing Safety and Maintenance Concerns by Combining Flight Recording and Usage Monitoring into a Single Device

October 07, 2021 | BY: Stephen Willis, Steve Leaper

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Aircraft operators are constantly looking for ways to reduce the size and weight of onboard avionics units. For many operators, a flight recorder (FR) is essential to meet regulatory requirements. For many others, although it is not mandated by regulators, it is desirable to improve safety in the long term by having a facility to assess why an incident may have occurred.

White Paper: Addressing Safety and Maintenance Concerns by Combining Flight Recording and Usage Monitoring into a Single Device

One strategy to overcome such limitations is to combine functions where possible. This can provide the benefits of multiple units without adding another box onto an aircraft. This white paper discusses how data acquisition functions can be combined into an FR to add a usage monitoring capability without the need for a separate avionics unit.

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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 positions of engineer, programme manager and had key account management responsibility for Leonardo Helicopters, BAE Systems, and Collins Technologies (formerly Goodrich) amongst others whilst also representing Curtiss-Wright at international committees such as ARINC and EUROCAE.

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