Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division is highlighting its Fortress Flight Data Recorders at the ongoing Singapore Airshow.
The Fortress family, the newest range of flight data recorders on the market, combines Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR), FDRs, Data Link Recorders (DLR) and Airborne Image Recorders (AIR) that surpass the requirements of the upcoming 2021 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) minimum 25-hour cockpit voice recording mandate. These units deliver longer recording time, supporting the recently introduced EUROCAE classes 4, 5 and 6 Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR), in addition to supporting 2 hours of airborne image recording and 25 hours of data link recording.
The recorders, which weigh less than 8.5 lbs., provide an ideal open architecture commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)-based solution for post-test operational use, and include support for Predictive Maintenance (PM), Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS), Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), and other data monitoring applications.
In February 2019, Curtiss-Wright and Honeywell signed an agreement to develop the next generation of mandate-compliant voice and data recorders, using real-time connectivity. As part of the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will be the exclusive supplier for Honeywell’s next-generation recorders for the Air Transport and Business Aviation markets. The Fortress recorder will be used as the foundation for the new Honeywell Connected Recorder-25 or HCR-25.
“Our Fortress family of recorders are the most advanced lightweight and functional flight recorder available today,” said Lynn Bamford, President, Defense and Power. “What’s more, Curtiss-Wright is the first supplier to meet flight recorder extended operational requirements and increased crash survivability test requirements included in ED-112A, furthering our commitment to helping aircraft meet the latest regulations while using the best technology to add more functionality in less space and cost for new and older aircraft”.
At under 8.5 lbs. including a 90 day underwater locator beacon (ULB), the new Fortress recorders weigh less than early generation solid state recorder alternatives, which helps to significantly reduce fuel costs. The recorder systems also support dual-redundant CVR/FDR installation to mitigate the risk of mandatory grounding in case of recorder failure.
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