Meeting Recommended, Likely, and Newly Introduced Recorder Regulations for Light Aircraft and Rotorcraft
Large airliners are required to have onboard flight data recorders to store data in a robust unit that can survive the typical effects of a crash. This helps accident investigators determine what caused the incident and helps prevent such events from happening in the future. Not all aircraft are currently required to carry such a recorder, but this could soon change as several organizations are now recommending more aircraft types have a suitable solution. This white paper looks at the motivations behind introducing requirements for some form of flight recorders, what options are available and discusses what may be the best choice.
Most people are familiar with so-called ‘black boxes’ that are immediately sought following an aircraft crash. These crash-protected flight recorders have helped improve aviation safety since their introduction in the 1950s, providing vital information to ensure that investigators can learn more about the chain of events leading up to it in the event of an accident. They may be able to make recommendations to help lower the risk of similar incidents occurring in the future. Many people may not know that not all aircraft are required to carry a crash-protected recorder.
For the air transport market, flight recorders are typically separate products functioning as flight data recorders (FDR) and cockpit voice recorders (CVR). These functions can also be combined into a single crash-protected flight recorder, sometimes called a ‘combi’ or CVFDR for lighter aircraft or rotorcraft.
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