Aerospace Flight Test and Monitoring Instrumentation and Solutions

Modern aerospace instrumentation and aircraft data acquisition systems can be highly complex, and it can be difficult to know how to meet program needs. It’s not unusual for requirements to change during a campaign, often causing significant delays. Data must be captured reliably no matter what, otherwise expensive additional flights can occur or months of program data could be lost.

Using proven commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems that allows for rapid reconfiguration when requirements change decreases data loss risk. Working with an experienced partner helps to ensure your system meets your requirements and data is delivered reliably while expert support lowers risk when the inevitable unknown issues arise.

Curtiss-Wright is a leader in designing and manufacturing a wide range of cutting edge customizable COTS products. Our comprehensive portfolio enables us to provide a total system solution which helps remove integration issues. This includes flight test instrumentation (FTI), space development and operational flight instrumentation, and aircraft usage and system monitoring units.

Our decades of experience means you can trust us to help you meet your program needs. We rapidly develop and deliver modular systems that can be adapted quickly to meet new requirements. As well, we are experts at developing rock solid systems for harsh environments, like engine bays and the high radiation environment of Earth’s orbit.

Deploying our systems means you get an expert partner that acts as an extension of your system architect/design team to deliver a future-proof total solution with less risk of losing data and suffering schedule delays and financial implications. Dedicated, expert support is always there when you need it.

Our extensive product range includes everything you need to deploy a full solution, from the most advanced data acquisition system to the gold standard for data visualization and FTI data analysis software

These test and monitoring solutions can be leveraged for a wide range of applications including

  • Flight test
  • Flight data monitoring
  • Flight data acquisition and management
  • Aircraft structural health monitoring
  • Aircraft engine monitoring
  • Health and usage monitoring

Flight test

Flight test campaigns typically operate with very tight schedules, and delays can lead to expensive additional flights and excessive overtime for engineers. It’s not unusual for requirements to change during a campaign which can take significant amounts of time due to the complex installation of equipment and wiring that is required.

This risk can be minimized by using proven, flexible aircraft data acquisition systems that reliably deliver data while easing installation challenges and allowing for rapid reconfiguration when requirements change. Curtiss-Wright delivers unparalleled reliability with solutions that have been designed to make reconfiguration and installation as pain free as possible by having Ethernet support, remote data acquisition nodes, and wireless sensor support.

Deploying proven Curtiss-Wright solutions reduces the risk of data loss, having to repeat a flight, and suffering negative impacts on schedule and costs. Additionally, time is saved with faster, more flexible installation, and the ability to quickly meet changing requirements.

Aircraft Monitoring and Sustainment

Fleet managers are increasingly challenged to keep aircraft flying longer, into untested operational conditions. Aircraft Monitoring and Sustainment programs allow for real operational data to be gathered, verifying platform safety and airworthiness.

Typical program types include

  • OLM - Operational Loads Monitoring
  • SHM - Structural Health Monitoring
  • ACMS - Aircraft Condition Monitoring System

Fleet managers with early access to complete usage monitoring solutions are able to eliminate implementation delays and achieve return on investment years ahead of schedule. This is made possible with Curtiss-Wright flexible “fit and forget” hardware and our expert partners.

Curtiss-Wright provides fully integrated, cost-effective solutions that cover all aspects of a monitoring and sustainment program: hardware, software, integration, data management, training and support.

We have a proven track record of providing solutions to multiple commercial and defense platforms with decades of experience in data acquisition, recording, and data processing. With Curtiss-Wright you get a system that won’t let you down, resulting in better maintenance, safety, and fleet availability.

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