Questions tagged [flight-recorders]

Devices that record data about an aircraft and/or its cockpit environment, so as to aid in accident investigations or troubleshooting/maintenance. Use this tag for questions about flight recorders in general, or about types of flight recorders other than an FDR or CVR; use the [flight-data-recorder] or [cockpit-voice-recorder] tag if the question is about one of those specific kinds of recorders.

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Could the CVR and FDR record to the cloud?

Another enthusiast question. I watch a lot of the National Geographic Channel's "Air Crash Investigation", for better or worse, and it seems accident investigators make tremendous use of the Cockpit ...
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Do flight recorders float in water?

In a recent BBC article regarding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (MH-370), the writer refers to a US Naval officer's statement: Commander William Marks from the US Seventh Fleet, ...
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Which aircraft are required to have a black box?

When is an aircraft required to have a Cockpit Voice Recorder or a Flight Data Recorder?
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Why would helicopters not have black boxes?

Is there a legitimate argument against having a black box on helicopters? I'm assuming there must be reasons beyond financial ones?
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If we add a video recorder in the cockpit to complete FDR/CVR, will we add a blackbox? [closed]

The introduction of a video recorder in addition to the current audio and flights parameters recorders used for crash investigation (CVR and FDR) is suggested by this article (published in the New ...
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Like transponders, can flight recorders be turned off?

I never knew much about airplanes before the tragic incident of Malaysia 370. I have been spending a lot of time on Twitter reading various articles and investigations; in one of the articles I read, ...
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Why are flight recorders generally located in the tail?

Is there a particular reason why FDRs and CVRs and associated similar bits of equipment are kept in the tail section of a plane?
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How much water pressure can flight recorders withstand?

How deep can black boxes go under water and how much pressure can they withstand while under water before they get crushed? I'm a layman in terms of aviation, so if it's not too much to ask, can you ...
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After a crash, does the information stored on flight recorders have expiration dates?

After the recent announcement of the recovery of the flight recorders of AirAsia flight were recovered, I was wondering if black boxes deteriorate after a set amount of time. As of now, nothing of ...
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Why could increases in cockpit voice and image recording potentially raise privacy concerns? [closed]

A major concern someone or other brings up against practically every suggestion to broaden the uses of cockpit voice recordings or add cockpit image/video recorders to the mix (both of these, ...