Questions tagged [flight-data-recorder]

A flight data recorder, or FDR, is one of two flight recorders ("black boxes"), used to record pilot input and aircraft parameters for the purpose of investigation of accidents and incidents.

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Why don't airlines have in-flight video recordings like buses do?

That way we could study plane crashes more closely, or terrorist hijackings, or resolve passenger disputes. Even buses in Ecuador have video cameras.(WARNING: shocking video)
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Black boxes: great for crashes on land. How about additional "floaties" for water crashes (low-tech, light, cheap) [closed]

Without getting into the mess of redesigning existing Flight Data Recorders, I have a simple proposal that I think would help in deep water crashes. I propose that several floating cushion sets be ...
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What data file format is used by FDRs? [closed]

For analysing the FDR, data is downloaded to the local computer from the FDR and feed into the Analysing Software. I would like to know what is the file extension of the data stored on the FDR. I ...
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Why are FDR's called "black boxes" when they are actually orange?

Why do they call flight data recorders a "black box" if it's orange in color? Just curious about this since I've seen several images of black boxes but they all come in orange colors, and not black. ...
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What happens to the transponder, FDR and CVR in case of an explosion?

Will the above mentioned equipment still work and transmit data/location information if an explosion occurs inside the aircraft?
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How close do you have to be to an underwater black box to detect it?

The news keeps talking about the black boxes on aircraft that end up in water, and one thing that keeps coming up is the underwater locator beacon that transmits a signal for 30 days if it gets wet. ...
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Can airplanes transmit/relay flight data to ATC's periodically while in flight? [duplicate]

The flight data recorder is one important piece of information in the event of a crash. Can this information not be transmitted or relayed to the ATC's while the flight is air borne so that they don't ...
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Why don't black boxes have their own GPS?

In too many cases of unfortunate incidents, hunting for FDR (or CVR also) is a major challenge.1 There are many or all answers recorded on that device. Why a locator (GPS linked) cannot be included ...
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When are black boxes used?

Obviously, black boxes gather lots of media attention after tragic accidents where planes crash or explode mid-flight, since they could be crucial understanding the crash. However, these are rather ...
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Can flight data recorders be hacked?

In the event of a plane crash such as MH17, and the flight data recorders (FDR, a.k.a. "black boxes") are potentially in the "wrong hands", is it theoretically possible to: open the FDR and close it ...
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What is the format of data stored by a Flight Data Recorder?

Is the raw data fetched from the FDR available only in binary format and if so what are the software tools that are used to convert it to readable format?
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Why are FDRs and CVRs still two separate physical devices?

Given the histories of flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders, I somewhat understand their origins as two separate physical devices. Given their separate tracks of development, regulatory ...
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Is flight data recorder erased after every flight?

Flight data recorders store massive amounts of data per flight and despite improvements year on year with data storage as with Moore's law, carrying larger and larger amounts of data can become ...
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How much data do FDR and CVR generate on commercial jets?

I'm wondering about how much CVR and FDR data an A320 (for example) would produce and at what intervals. I believe that there are 4 or 5 voice channel and several sensor data things. I'm trying to ...
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Why is the FDR and CVR put into water again after a water crash?

When a plane crashes in the water and the investigator team looks for the FDR and CVR, why do they put it in a container of water when they find it ?
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Are CVR and FDR reset after every flight?

Recording the thousands of parameters and voice conversations must take a huge amount of storage, and so I am wondering, how frequently is this data "deleted", so it can be used again? For example, ...
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What was the first aircraft fitted with both an FDR & CVR?

What was the first production aircraft to be fitted with a Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) as standard by the manufacturer?
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What is the relation between roll angle and pitch angle?

I was wondering about roll angle and pitch angle values. Will I get same pitch angle at different roll angles and vice-versa? For example. At its initial position, the aircraft is standing on the ...
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Which airplanes are required to have a Flight Data Recorder in Europe?

I know that not all aircraft are required to have a Flight Data Recorder (FDR) in Europe (for instance, a small single-engine airplane doesn't need one), but many are, and depending on the age of the ...
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Do fighters have black boxes?

Or is it just commercial aircraft? I was watching an episode of Scorpion where an "F-120 Firehawk" crashed and they looked at its black box. So, do normal, non-imaginary fighters have them?
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How does a CVR / FDR determine when to stop recording?

For example, the CVR records only about 2 hours of data. Overwriting important data must be avoided, and thus the recorders should know if a catastrophe has happened. Then they can stop recording (to ...
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Was the foil in older FDRs reused when it ran out, or replaced?

Before magnetic tape became the standard recording medium for flight data recorders, most FDRs used a long strip of metal foil that had altitude, airspeed, etc. traces scratched into it by a set of ...
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How do airlines (or the government) retrieve information from the black box of an aircraft?

When black-boxes are found, how is the information retrieved from within the data storage? Is there a special kind of device used for this?
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Why not increase the number of Flight Data Recorders and add jettisoning capability?

With some Flight Data Recorders gone unrecoverable during crashes , what's the argument for not changing their locations, like wings or engines? Given their utility after accidents, why not increase ...
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Why Black Boxes are not capable of transmitting its Critical Data directly to satellite? [duplicate]

Why don't airplane include a satellite technology to upload the critical (Voice/Engine etc) data recorded in FDR to satellite. This would be very useful, in case of missing FDR. Is there any ...
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Are plane's black boxes essentially useless tool in the modern age and how to improve upon it? [duplicate]

I am just reading the latest news on the air plane crash that happened couple days ago and it dawned on me that one too many times have I read a story on the NY Times where after black box is obtained,...
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Are there any proposals to continuously stream "black box" data? [duplicate]

After an aircraft incident, finding the black box is important to investigate the causes, because it contains a lot of valuable recorded data. The process of locating this can take a lot of time, and ...