Aircraft OEMs and operators who want crash protected recorders need to meet certain regulations. These regulations can change to meet new safety concerns and it can be difficult to ensure the investment will be future proof. For older aircraft, high maintenance costs, lack of functionality or the push to upgrade systems and reduce weight can mean a new recorder is required.

Modern cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders are built to meet the latest regulations and often designed with any upcoming changes in mind. To ensure they meet the requirements of new and old aircraft, some modifications may be required, or additional data formatting hardware used. Generally, more modern recorders are smaller and lighter than older models, although there are some limits due to the harsh environmental conditions they need to survive.

Curtiss-Wright has a long heritage in designing and manufacturing cockpit voice and flight data recorders and our product line today is designed to meet all current and upcoming regulations. Our latest offering is designed to be compact and lightweight and has a modular interface design to allow rapid customization for particular aircraft needs. This modularization also facilitates additional functionality which can help reduce LRU count and lower weight.

Curtiss-Wright’s MPFR and Fortress range ensure that your aircraft can meet the latest regulations with a range that facilitates simplified and lower cost installation into a new and older aircraft. The lower weight and size, coupled with the potential to reduce LRU count, can help reduce fuel burn and save costs over time.

  Product Name Combined CVR/FDR Datalink Airborne Image Recorder (AIR) Data Acquisition
MPFR Multi Purpose Flight Recorder MPFR Multi Purpose Flight Recorder FDR: 25 hours, CVR: 2 hours, 4 channels None None FDR - ARINC 717 at rates of 64, 128, 256 and 512 words per second, CVR - analog audio, 1 area mic, 3 crew channels
EMPFR Enhanced Multi Purpose Flight Recorder EMPFR Enhanced Multi Purpose Flight Recorder CVR: 2 hours, 4 channels, FDR: 25 hours 2 hours None FDR - ARINC 717 at rates of 64, 128, 256 and 512 words per second, DLR - ARINC 429, high or low speed, CVR - analog audio, 1 area mic, 3 crew channels
DAFR Data Acquisition Flight Recorder DAFR Data Acquisition Flight Recorder FDR: 25 hours, CVR: 2 hours, 4 channels None None FDR - 3 x ARINC 429, 6 x discrete, 4 x analog, 1 x accelerometer, 1 x tacho, CVR - analog audio, 1 area mic, 3 crew channels
Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder System Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder System FDR: 25 hours, CVR: 2 hours, 4 channels None None FDR - ARINC 717 at rates of 64, 128, 256 and 512 words per second, Extensive additional data acquisition via FDAU, CVR - analog audio, 1 area mic, 3 crew channels
Fortress 757 Multi Purpose Flight Recorder Fortress 757 Multi Purpose Flight Recorder CVR: 25 hours, 4 channels, FDR: 25 hours 25 hours 2 hours, 2 channels FDR - ARINC 717 at rates of 64, 128, 256, 512, 1,024, 2,048 and 4,096 words per second, DLR - ARINC 429, CVR - analog audio, 1 area mic, 3 crew channels, AIR - HD 1080p resolution, 16FPS via 100Mbps Ethernet
Fortress Imaging Multi Purpose Flight Recorder Fortress Imaging Multi Purpose Flight Recorder CVR: 25 hours, 4 channels, FDR: 25 hours 25 hours 2 hours, 2 channels FDR - ARINC 664 p7, DLR - ARINC 664 p7, CVR - 3 crew via ARINC 664 p7, 1 digital area mic, AIR - HD 1080p resolution, 16FPS via 100Mbps Ethernet
Fortress Data Acquisition Flight Recorder (DAFR) Next Generation Voice and Flight Data Recorder Fortress Data Acquisition Flight Recorder (DAFR) Next Generation Voice and Flight Data Recorder CVR: 25 hours, 4 channels, FDR: 25 hours 25 hours 2 hours, 2 channels FDR - 4 x ARINC 429 or Dual redundant ARINC 664 p7, DLR - ARINC 664 p7, CVR - analog audio, 1 area mic, 3 crew channels, AIR - HD 1080p resolution, 16FPS via 100Mbps Ethernet
Fortress HUMS (Health Usage Monitoring) Fortress HUMS FDR: 25 hours, CVR: 25 hours, 4 channels 25 hours 2 hours, 2 channels FDR- ARINC 717 at rates up to 4,096 words per second or Configurable data acquisition via network based sensor array, DLR - ARINC 429, CVR - analog audio, 1 area mic, 3 crew channels, HUMS - Distributed network of active sensors configurable per installation, AIR - HD 1080p resolution, 16FPS via 100Mbps Ethernet
PGS Replay and Analysis Software PGS Replay and Analysis Software Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable
EFDMU (Enhanced Flight Data Management Unit) - Flexible ARINC-600 Data Management Solutions EFDMU - Flexible ARINC-600 Data Management Solutions Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Extensive
FDAU - Flight Data Management Unit FDAU - Flight Data Management Unit Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Extensive
CAMHD-C - High Definition Internal Avionics Camera High Definition Internal Avionics Camera Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

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