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  • NEWS | Flight Data Systems

    FAA Approval for FDS ED-112A Flight Data Recorder

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted technical standard order (TSO) approval to the Flight Data Systems (FDS) ED-112A Flight Data Recorder


    FAA Approval for FDS ED-112A Flight Data Recorder

    FDS, November 27, 2019 - Australia’ Flight Data Systems FDS has announced the official Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) technical standard order (TSO) approval for the ED-112A Flight Data Recorder, the lightest on the market.

    The SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder’s (CVFDR’s) recent TSO-approval paves the way for the device to be onboard numerous aircraft in various industry segments and will allow operators to save valuable space and reduce weight.

    “We are very excited to be able to announce TSO for the SENTRY family of recorders. We believe this is the perfect time to introduce the SENTRY brand to the aviation industry formally,” said Darren Privitera, founder and managing director of flight data systems.

    The TSO applies to all aircraft types, including civil and military fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and the business, commercial, helicopter, and fast jet segments of general aviation.

    The SENTRY family includes the TSO-approved Flight Data Recorder, a Cockpit Voice Recorder, and the combined Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR), all in the same mechanical footprint.

    “Flight Data Systems’ SENTRY recorders are small and light, but also extremely low power which offers a significant advantage to OEMs and MROs as they try to manage today’s critical power budgets,” concluded Privitera.

    SENTRY ED-112A

    First announced at Heli-Expo 2018, Sentry™ utilizes Memory Shield Technology, an innovative memory insulation technique that meets the crash survivability requirements of ED-112A while minimizing size, weight and power, yet offering increased memory capacity.

    “FDS has over 25 years of experience in the Flight Data Recorder industry providing ground support equipment and MRO services for the world’s recorder manufacturers,” said Darren Privitera, Managing Director and Founder of Flight Data Systems.

    “We took the best features of the industry’s recorders and added innovative approaches to data acquisition and memory protection making Sentry a leading solution for commercial and military aircraft,” added Mr. Privitera.

    In addition to the required ARINC-717 interface used on standard CVFDRs, Sentry offers additional interfaces creating a flexible architecture that supports forward-fit and retrofit aircraft programs.

    These interfaces include ARINC-429, Ethernet, RS-422, and MIL-STD-1553B, as well as analog and discrete sensor inputs, including synchros and LVDTs.

    Sentry can also be converted into a combined Flight Data Acquisition Unit (FDAU) and CVFDR by adding the expanded data acquisition modules from the Modular Acquisition Unit (MAU), a miniature data acquisition system designed and manufactured by FDS and in use on commercial and military aircraft worldwide.

    In addition, other MAU modules, including a Quick Access Recorder, Pitot-Static Input, GPS Splitter and Receiver Unit, and Wireless Data Transfer can be added to Sentry, combining multiple LRUs into one system.

    “Sentry is a very unique system in that it is not just a CVFDR but rather a crash survivable data acquisition platform that can host a wide range of capabilities into one single LRU,” declared Mr. Privitera.

    The SENTRY product line will be on display at HAI Heli-Expo 2020 in Anaheim, California, January 30th.

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    Flight Data Systems
    FAA     Federal Aviation Administration
    --Helicopters Avionics



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