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Press Release: Flight Data Systems offers FDR upgrade solution


Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueFlight Data Systems (FDS), a leading provider of flight data solutions for the rotorcraft, business, military, and commercial aviation segments, today announced the release of the Flight Data Acquisition Interface Unit (FDAIU). The FDAIU enables operators to upgrade legacy, outdated Flight Data Recorders (FDR) with Flight Data Systems’ SENTRY series of recorders and is available for shipping in Q2 2022.

As finding functional spare parts or repair services for widely used legacy FDRs is becoming more challenging, global supply chains have moved to accelerate end-of-support for legacy ARINC 542A recorders such as the L3 Fairchild F1000 & F800 Flight Data Recorders. Replacing these obsolete FDRs with longer-term, future-proof solutions can be expensive, time-consuming, and labor-intensive. With the FDAIU, upgrading to modern state-of-the-art flight data recorders is made easy with a remove-and-replace operation that can be completed in minimal time, reducing aircraft on ground (AOG) times, and maximizing aircraft availability.

The FDAIU is designed to adapt the SENTRY to fit seamlessly into existing FDR provisions with no modifications required on the aircraft. Preserving the existing tray and wiring saves valuable time and labor while reducing upgrade costs.

Flight Data Systems’ SENTRY recorder is the industry’s smallest, lightest, and lowest power consumption ED-112A FDR available today. Its innovative, software-free design is available in CVR, FDR, and CVFDR configurations and includes digital and analog interfaces for seamless integrations across all segments of aviation. Designed with footprint in mind, the SENTRY is compact and lightweight, ensuring applicability for multiple aircraft platforms from small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) platforms to larger rotorcraft, business, and air transport platforms.

A computer drawing of the L-3 FA2100 CVDR Connecter and the ARINC 542A ConnectorThe FDAIU is the latest addition to Flight Data Systems portfolio of end-to-end flight data solutions for acquiring, recording, downloading, and analyzing flight data to generate insights that create business impact.


“At Flight Data Systems we strive to remain in touch with the industry’s needs and serve those needs the best we can,” notes Shane LaPlante, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Flight Data Systems. “We are excited to launch the FDAIU to provide operators simple, cost-effective, and future-proof upgrade solutions which extend their aircraft’s useful life with continued safe and compliant operations.”

For more information on Flight Data Systems’ products and services, please visit Flight Data Systems AEA Convention and Trade Show 2022 from March 28 to March 31 at Booth 423.

About Flight Data Systems

Flight Data Systems, founded in 1990 and based in Irving, Texas, seeks to drive operational efficiencies in aviation using their portfolio of data acquisition, data recording, data storage, and data analysis tools. Flight Data Systems aims to become one of the world’s leading providers of end-to-end flight data solutions within aviation segment. For more information, visit www.flightdata.aero.

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