Flight Data Systems’ SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder Gains STC through SKYTRAC for H145 Helicopters

DALLAS, TX., June 23, 2021 – Flight Data Systems (FDS), a leading provider of flight data solutions for the business, military, rotorcraft, and commercial aviation segments, today announced a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), gained through SKYTRAC, for the SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder on a H145 twin-engine medium utility-transport helicopter. The STC will enable the installation of multiple variants of the TSO-certified SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder platform, the lightest and smallest ED-112 compliant recorder in its class.

The STC, performed on a H145 helicopter operated by STAT MedEvac, also includes the FDS Cockpit Control Unit and Cockpit Area Microphone, providing a seamless installation process for operators seeking to upgrade their onboard safety systems. The installation also includes the FDS Modular Acquisition Unit (MAU) for sensor data acquisition and parameter expansion, and Quick Access Recorder (QAR) for easy downloading for flight recorder data, ensuring maintenance crews can easily access data and configure the system for operator-specific profiles.

“Flight Data Systems is very excited to announce our first helicopter STC for the SENTRY Flight Data Recorder platform,” mentions Kerry Farrish, Vice President of Sales, Flight Data Systems. “The Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder combination unit is the lightest ED-112A compliant recorder on the market with a clean-sheet approach through its innovative FPGA architecture, enabling a unique software-free installation.”

The SENTRY Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) was designed by combining standard features of existing CVFDRs with a new approach to design. The SENTRY offers a small size, low weight, and less power consumption than traditional CVFDRs in a modular and flexible architecture. This “software free” recorder allows for aircraft specific configurations as well as the addition of creative and useful expansion capabilities such as Recorder Independent Power Supply (RIPS) modules and multiple Underwater Locator Beacon (ULB) mount locations.

Available in titanium, the SENTRY meets or exceeds all requirements of ED-112A and qualifies for DO-160G environmental and power requirements. The rugged enclosure is ideal for airborne operational environments including unmanned, commercial, military, fixed-wing, and rotary-wing aircraft.

“SKYTRAC’s ability to generate STCs for customers and sister companies is an advantage for the ACR Group as well as our customers,” notes Jan van der Heul, Vice President of Sales, SKYTRAC. “With our extensive experience in gaining STCs for our diverse product range, we were able to add the SENTRY and its accessories quickly and efficiently to a pre-existing Transport Canada STC familiarized with FAA, EASA, and ANAC. SKYTRAC is a one-stop-shop for operators looking for a wide scope of hardware and services which include satellite communication terminals, STC development, custom application development, system integrations, and more.”

For more information on the SENTRY Flight Data Recorder platform, please visit flightdata.aero or contact sales@flightdata.aero. For information related to SKYTRAC STC development or custom engineering support, please contact sales@skytrac.ca

About Flight Data Systems

Flight Data Systems, founded in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia, 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.

About SKYTRAC Systems

SKYTRAC is aviation’s full-service, data-driven solutions provider serving the fixed-wing, rotorcraft, and unmanned aviation markets. Since 1986, SKYTRAC has pioneered the development, evolution and commercialization of flight following, flight data and communications technology. Today, with systems certified on over 900 airframes and an online data management portal that is the go-to tool for over 7,500 global users, SKYTRAC is truly the partner of choice for data-guided business insights. From performance trending and operations reporting to real-time asset tracking and situational awareness – SKYTRAC offers a one-stop response to meeting more of your company’s needs. For more information, visit www.SKYTRAC.ca.


EDMO Distributors Signs Distribution Agreement with Flight Data Systems

DALLAS, TX., June 22, 2021 – EDMO Distributors, a global leader in the distribution of avionics and installation supplies, has signed a distribution agreement with Flight Data Systems.

Flight Data Systems (FDS) designs and manufactures products for ground support equipment, airborne components, flight data monitoring (FDM)/Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) services, Flight Recorder Readouts and Servicing, and more. Their newest addition is the Handheld Multipurpose Interface Unit (HHMPI). The HHMPI is a rugged handheld device that streamlines vital data from flight data recorders for quick aircraft monitoring and analysis. For small to large scale operations, the HHMPI delivers a variety of powerful and advanced data transfer capabilities to enable swift analysis of data to assist ground support in proactive fleet management.

“Managing aircraft flight data from a variety of different recorders can be a daunting task. The HHMPI simplifies all of this by seamlessly connecting to the industry’s most popular cockpit voice and flight data recorders,” mentions Kerry Farrish, Vice President of Sales, Flight Data Systems. “As a trusted leader, EDMO requires rugged, reliable, and industry-proven Ground Support Equipment for their wide network of customers, and we are proud to establish a relationship with EDMO.”

Jeffery Geraci, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for EDMO, said: “EDMO partners with companies we can trust to bring high quality, value driven products to market. FDS is highly qualified manufacturer with innovative products. The HHMPI delivers the security and functionality our customers require for their FDR download equipment.”

For more information about the Handheld Multipurpose Interface Unit (HHMPI) or other Flight Data Systems products, visit edmo.com.

About Flight Data Systems

Flight Data Systems, founded in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia, 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.

About EDMO Distributors

EDMO Distributors, Inc is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Based in Spokane, Washington, they’ve secured a reputation as one of the most reliable sources for aircraft electronics, test equipment, installation supplies, wire and cable, tooling, and pilot supplies. EDMO’s commitment to providing the best service and the largest selection possible has made it a company that customers count on and trust. EDMO maintains a stringent quality control system and is an ISO 9001:2008/AS9120 registered company. Visit www.edmo.com for more information.


AEA 2021: Training Sessions - SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder

At Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention and Tradeshow 2021, the ACR Group of companies is hosting a series of training sessions on Tuesday, June 22nd, from 1 pm to 5 pm, featuring FreeFlight SystemsFlight Data Systems, SKYTRAC, and Latitude TechnologiesThe training sessions will be held in Room Coronado B.

ACR Group Training Session Schedule

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am – EDMO and Flight Data Systems: The Handheld Multipurpose Interface (HHMPI) Flight Data Download Tool

Flight Data Systems: SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder

Join Flight Data Systems’ Gerald Godbee during our AEA Technical Session on the SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder and its interface with the popular Handheld Multipurpose Interface (HHMPI). Flight Data Systems, with over 30 years of experience in end-to-end flight data solutions, has recently announced the lightest, smallest, and lowest power consumption ED-112 flight data recorder on the market. The SENTRY works seamlessly with the HHMPI portable flight data download tool for easily retrieval of data.

Flight Data Systems’ Technical Session will be held on Tuesday, June 22, from 2pm to 3pm in Coronado B.

Flight Data Systems’ New Product Introduction: SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder

Flight Data Systems’ Vice President of Sales, Kerry Farrish, will present information on our latest innovation, the TSO’d SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder, certified to ED-112 standards.

The SENTRY Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) was designed by combining standard features of existing CVFDRs with a new approach. The SENTRY offers a small size, low weight, and less power consumption than traditional CVFDRs in a modular and flexible architecture. This “software free” recorder allows for aircraft specific configurations as well as the addition of creative and useful expansion capabilities.

Flight Data Systems is eager to reengage with the aerospace community At AEA. Find us at Booth 609. Interested in connecting with the Flight Data Systems team? Contact sales@flightdata.aero.