Shayne Boswell: Taking Flight Data to New Heights

With over 35 years of experience in the aviation industry, Flight Data Systems’ Services Manager Shayne Boswell delivers a wealth of knowledge to our valued partners. With an extensive aerospace background, Shayne supports various industry segments and global partnerships with expert care.

His unique avionic insights provide a solid base for our success by delivering solutions that drive ROI and isolate our customers’ maintenance issues. He also supports an expansive list of operator readout services for our global aviation partners. According to Boswell, his interest in aerospace began at an early age, and avionics continue to provide him with intense fascination in his career today.

How were you introduced to your career?

My family had a connection with aviation and living next to Heathrow (Airport). I was always going to work with my father. I spent a lot of time in and around B747 freighters.

What is your favourite FDS technology/product/service?

My favorite technology is the Handheld Multipurpose Interface (HHMPI). It is an exceptional tool for optimizing fleet management.

What do you do today within your role?

I am the global Flight Data Services manager – this ranges from readouts to Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) for both civilian and military customers. The role involves the day-to-day running of the Readout and FDM department, general project management, and ensuring the team is on track and providing a good service in a timely manner.

What do you like most about Flight Data Systems?

This is a multinational business that has retained a close-knit culture, synonymous with family-owned businesses. It is a very close family-type business with a wide range of products and services supporting most aircraft operators’ end-to-end solutions. This allows all employees opportunity to be involved in all areas of the business.

What’s the most challenging and most memorable project that you’ve worked on?

There are two major projects that I can say have been challenging; one is the recent migration of the Australian Defence Force’s Flight Data Monitoring program to a new application. With potentially 400 aircraft, forward planning was key, requiring some effort and project management. The second is the joint design of new and improved flight data decompression and replay tool between Flight Data Systems and our sister companies. This software will allow SAFR Readouts to replace the older STARS software and give the Readout and FDM departments more options internally where STARS could not.

What advice do you have for others looking to join the aerospace sector and fill a similar role to yours?

My advice would be to gain as much experience as you can. This role requires a lot of aircraft knowledge from avionics right through to performance.

What do you do for fun?

A fun time is family time! However, when I am not spending time with the family, I’ll be watching soccer.

What book/podcast/television show are you reading/listening to/watching right now?

Basically, any sport that involves a ball is on my watchlist.


The Flight Data Systems Ecosystem

Flight Data Systems, based in Melbourne, Australia, has over three decades of flight data expertise. Today, Flight Data Systems is a 360-degree end-to-end flight data solutions provider, offering a full spectrum of products and solutions.

In 2004, Flight Data Systems began designing analysis software and signal conditioning technologies, which progressed to ground support equipment, quick access recorders (QAR), and flight data acquisition units. In 2019, the company released the SENTRY, a SWaP-optimized cockpit voice and flight data recorder designed with modern Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology utilized without a processor.

After years of development, Flight Data Systems has developed a true ecosystem of flight data solutions to help operators transform raw data into impactful and insightful information to optimize their fleet management.

Acquire

Flight Data Systems’ small and lightweight Modular Acquisition Units (MAUs) and Remote Data Concentrators (RDCs) allow for data collection at the source. These units support a wide range of digital and analog signals including ARINC 429, synchros, frequency/tachometer, and discretes. Capable of up to 24 channels per expansion module, operators can streamline data collection through these unique devices to reduce aircraft wiring. In addition, these data acquisition units also provide cost-effective mechanisms to increase parameter collection for legacy flight data recorders with limited input capabilities.

The small and lightweight units allow operators to install the modules in numerous aircraft types including fixed-wing, rotorcraft, and unmanned aviation systems. In addition, the units can be expanded to include features such as ELT and QAR functionality. Used to reduce wiring, operators can streamline all data into one feed for easy read-write capabilities on all flight data recorder platforms.

Flight Data Storage

In 2019, the SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) was unveiled as the lightest, smallest, lowest power FDR and CVR platform available on the market. The robust, crash survivable ED-112A unit was designed to meet compliance requirements including datalink (CPDLC) recording and battery backup (RIPS), providing aircraft operators an upgrade path from legacy recorders to allow for increased inputs and parameter recordings. It received the official Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Standard Order (TSO) in November of 2019 and remains one of the most innovative solutions in the marketplace.

The SENTRY’s unique architecture and size sets it apart from other flight data recorders. The unit weighs a remarkably low 4.7 lbs (2.1 kg) and consumes less than half the power of other units available to date. The SENTRY is ideal for all aviation platforms, including military, fixed-wing, rotor-wing, and UAV aircraft. It also provides expansion capabilities and offers both digital and analog interfaces. Available in FDR, CVR, and CVFDR configurations, the SENTRY provides superior flexibility for capturing data and utilizes software-free Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) architecture to reduce setup costs. When designing the SENTRY, Flight Data Systems captured the variables that would ensure the CVFDR unit would remain a cost effective, future-proof option for operators looking to upgrade their onboard systems to modern regulatory standards.

Transmit

The Handheld Multipurpose Interface (HHMPI) device is one of the most successful Flight Data System products. An immensely powerful tool for ground support crews, the HHMPI has become synonymous with ground support equipment and is approved by Airbus. The HHMPI supports the most advanced data offloading abilities from any aircraft. It streamlines and simplifies flight data offloading in one seamless unit and connects directly to various leading FDR brands. It can also support multiple memory devices in various data storage formats, providing data transfer flexibility for the heightened demands of commercial airlines, Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facilities, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), and military operations.

The HHMPI’s flexible data capturing capabilities are invaluable for operations involving expansive fleets with a complex variety of data recorders. It has been designed to connect to a wide variety of FDRs and CVRs from manufacturers including L3, Honeywell, Universal, and the SENTRY model to simplify the data offloading process. It also provides networking options with other HHMPI units to ensure fleet-wide consistency of FDR data downloading and management, and is now a world-leading flight data recorder download tool.

Analyze 

Flight Data Systems provides industry-leading readout services for Flight Data Monitoring and Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) programs. SAFR readouts of flight recorder data allow operators to maintain reliable maintenance records and to comply with leading regulatory authorities by offering secure reports and documentation.

Flight Data Systems offers support to fixed and rotor-wing operators to identify maintenance trends, safety concerns, establish benchmarks against international databases, and provide proactive tools to minimize Aircraft on Ground (AOG) times. Our in-house team of aviation specialists has decades of experience in flight safety and delivers the highest quality support.

Complete Ecosystem

After three decades of innovation, the entire Flight Data Systems’ ecosystem provides operators with end-to-end flight data solutions. As a multinational organization, we are proud to support militaries, commercial airlines, and business jet operators with best-in-class solutions to maximize operational efficiencies, safety, and business ROI.

Are you interested in learning more? Contact us.


Top 5 Downloading Perks of the HHMPI

The Handheld Multipurpose Interface (HHMPI) is one of Flight Data Systems’ best selling technologies. For ground support crew, it is the signature device for downloading data from an aircraft’s Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and audio from a Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR). From Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facilities, OEMs, to military and business fleet managers, and a variety of ground support crews, the HHMPI is the “go to” all in one device for downloading flight data from an aircraft’s flight data recorder or an entire fleet.

While its flexibility is invaluable for operations with expansive fleets with a complex variety of systems, here is a list of the best features that provide invaluable downloading support for operators.

1. Interface Options

Managing aircraft flight data from a variety of applications can be a daunting task. However, the HHMPI is designed to simplify downloading and connect seamlessly to various FDR and CVR systems. The HHMPI enables swift downloading from the most popular FDRs and CVRs, including L3, Honeywell, Universal and Flight Data Systems’ signature SENTRY model.

2. Network Connectivity 

The HHMPI can be configured to automatically upload flight data to a secure FTP server upon connection to an Ethernet network. For added convenience the HHMPI can support wireless data transfer with a Wi-Fi adapter. The HHMPI can also be configured remotely with a web browser over a secure HTTPS connection.

3. Multiple Data Transfer Options

Transferring data to a ground station can easily be configured to either Ethernet, Wi-Fi, SD Card, USB Flash Drive, Compact Flash and PC Cards. Depending on the connected recorder, the HHMPI can support a variety of different FDR, CVR and DLR download options, including “Download All,” “Download Since Last,” “Download Memory Mark,” and “Download Time.” These options allow operators to save time by only downloading the data they need.

4. Fleet Networking

To streamline its downloading capabilities to ground stations, the HHMPI conveniently interfaces with most CVRs and FDRs, including legacy recorders. The HHMPI stores aircraft fleet data, allowing operators to select specific tail numbers for downloading. This option enables operators the ability to isolate and monitor data from each aircraft.

5. Power Docking Cradle

After downloading data from an aircraft, the FDS40-0373 docking cradle provides the ability to transfer the data over Ethernet while charging the HHMPI unit. For operators, this charging and data offloading option provides rapid data collection and battery support through the docking station, optimizing turnaround time for an aircraft.

Interested in learning more? Contact our team:


Celebrating Women of Aviation Week with Jennifer Weiss

Women of Aviation Week is about celebrating women’s accomplishments in aviation and inspiring others to construct the industry’s future. As we highlight the women that are our aerospace leaders, Flight Data Systems is proud to encourage more women to join the industry. Women deliver energy to the industry that facilitates equality and innovation, and Flight Data Systems is honored to provide an environment that encourages women to become industry leaders. Because of this, we would like to highlight the talented faces behind our team.

What brought you to work in aviation? 

I saw a Honeywell job posting on the weather channel. I was an aerospace engineer in a master's program wanting to get on the space shuttle.

What positive trait(s) do you feel women bring to the industry? 

I believe women bring estrogen or lack of testosterone. Women work more together to solve a problem rather than against one another as in a competition.

What would tell young females interested in joining the industry? 

Follow your dreams, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are how we learn to be better.

Do you have a female mentor or idol in the aviation industry? If so, how have they inspired you? 

Yes. I have a mentor, and she is so logical in her approach and helps me overcome my emotional bias.

Do you have any inspiring lessons that you have learned about life while working in the aviation industry? 

Oh yes! Working in the flight recorder industry with accident investigators and regulators helps me feel this work is important for safe travel. The janitor had once told me I did great things!

What's your favorite thing about the industry? 

I love seeing things from above.

To learn more about Women of Aviation Week, visit womenofaviationweek.iwoaw.org


Celebrating Women of Aviation Week with Rihana Mohammed

Women of Aviation Week is about celebrating women’s accomplishments in aviation and inspiring others to construct the industry’s future. As we highlight the women that are our aerospace leaders, Flight Data Systems is proud to encourage more women to join the industry. Women deliver energy to the industry that facilitates equality and innovation, and Flight Data Systems is honored to provide an environment that encourages women to become industry leaders. Because of this, we would like to highlight the talented faces behind our team.

What brought you to work in aviation?

I was qualified for this job because I had previous job experience and qualifications that matched up with the job requirements. And secondly, I joined Aviation Industry because I wished to be part of a bigger picture. Aviation Industry is a niche industry, and it is a matter of pride to be part of the Aviation industry where the sky is the limit.

What positive trait(s) do you feel women bring to the industry?

Women are perfect planners since they have great organizational and multitasking abilities. Women are forward thinkers, and they always have a game plan. This point is a positive trait. They can spot a crisis before it happens and stop potential problems; it allows women to bring symbiosis to the workplace, leading to a peaceful, fun, and productive workplace. Women are also very patient compared to men. This ability to withhold anger and frustration makes them key players in communicating with clients. This character trait is another great asset to have in the sales department when we communicate with people from different parts of the world with different cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. The other most valued trait women bring to the Aviation industry is their organizational skills. 

What would tell young females interested in joining the industry?

I would tell young females to have the right attitude and never give up on their dreams. I would explain to them to be confident and to accept all challenges. It is a fascinating and ever-changing industry. The nature of aerospace and aviation is always moving, always changing, and always improving. The sky is the limit, just spread your wings and fly up and high. Take pride and enjoy being part of the most booming industry.

Do you have a female mentor or idol in the aviation industry?

I recently read a biography on Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, an Indian Air Force (IAF) Officer, and former helicopter pilot. She is an inspiring woman who deeply felt and fiercely loved her job. She faced many obstacles and challenges daily in a male-dominated sector, yet every day. She continued with the same determination and willpower to make a difference and excel. She fell, but she did not fail. She learned and got up every day. Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena was the first Indian Air Force woman officer who made history during the Kargil War in 1999. As the first Indian flying officer, she flew Cheetah Aircraft into the combat zone and rescued several soldiers. "Never give up on your dreams."

Do you have any inspiring lessons that you have learned about life while working in the aviation industry?

1. Never stop learning - education is the key to many things in life. 

2. Work hard in life to achieve your dream goals - there is no substitute for hard work. 

3. Never fear changes - if you are afraid of the future, you will be afraid to make changes. If you embrace the future, you will take action to achieve your dreams. As the saying goes, " the future is still much bigger than the past." 

4. When you love your work, you will enjoy doing it.

What's your favorite thing about the industry?

I enjoy connecting with people globally.

To learn more about Women of Aviation Week, visit womenofaviationweek.iwoaw.org


Electrical Design Engineer

Electrical Design Engineer

Reports to: Senior FPGA Design Engineer
Status: Exempt
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Tx
Positions available: 1

Summary:

As part of a small, passionate, and accomplished team of experts, you will develop and execute avionics embedded hardware. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of design, test, operation, and aircraft integration.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop circuits, boards, and rugged electronic hardware assemblies across the entire product life cycle, including concept and requirements definition, design, prototyping, verification (power-on, functional / acceptance / qualification testing) and release to production
  • Develop analog, digital, and mixed-signal designs that interact with avionics systems, including analysis, schematic capture, layout, design review, test/verification, and qualification release.
  • Perform analog and power simulations
  • Support risk analyses, failure modes effects and criticality analyses (FMECA), Design For test/manufacture/cost (DFx), and root-cause analysis of product test and manufacturing discrepancies
  • Perform trade studies and selection of avionics components and systems
  • Develop avionics hardware requirements and interface control documents
  • Will work closely with Sr. Electrical Design Engineer and project management throughout the avionics hardware development lifecycle
  • Support peer reviews and milestone reviews including PDR, CDR, SDR etc.
  • Provide occasional assistance/guidance for service and support issues
  • Provide time and cost estimates for projects
  • Provide risk assessment and risk mitigation for technical and schedule issues.

Desired Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering or equivalent or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years direct experience in electronics hardware development
  • Direct hands-on experience with analog, digital, and mixed-signal circuit design, analysis, test, and debug
  • Experience designing circuits meeting DO-160 requirements
  • Familiarity with IPC 6xx (or similar) standards for highly critical class 3 board assemblies
  • FPGA development experience will be a plus
  • Knowledge of signal integrity, power, grounding, and general board layout principles
  • Exposure to analog and digital filters, signal conditioning and signal processing
  • Familiarity with amplifiers, analog-to-digital converters, power supplies, and analog circuits
  • Familiarity with general lab equipment (oscilloscope, DMM, logic analyzer, spectrum analyzer) will be a plus
  • Highly organized team player with excellent technical communication skills (written and verbal)
  • U.S. citizen and U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder) required

Additional Considerations:

  • Experience using Altium Designer (or similar tools) to design complex aerospace boards; and experience working with external board manufacturing and assembly vendors
  • Some experience with scripting; programming and analysis/modeling tools: Python, Linux/Windows shell scripting; assembly language, C, C++; MATLAB / Simulink / SPICE (or similar).
  • Exposure to designing safety or mission critical aerospace flight hardware compliant with DO-254

To apply for this position, please email David Mewbourne, at david.mewbourne@flightdata.aero.


FPGA Design Engineer

Senior FPGA Design Engineer

Reports to: Director of Engineering
Status: Exempt
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Tx
Positions available: 1

Summary

The Senior FPGA Design Engineer is responsible for developing next generation avionics for the commercial aviation industry. The individual will be able to design, test, and integrate complex, high-speed FPGAs. This individual will work closely with hardware and software engineers during the test and integration phases. Additionally, they will be responsible for design, documentation, implementation, and testing verification.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Hardware and Software teams on FPGA system requirements
  • Working with Sr Hardware Engineers on overall system board design
  • Design of the FPGA subsystems for data transfer and data processing
  • Modeling of the ADC data processing utilizing FIR filters, CORDIC, Quadrature Down- Conversion, Reed-Solomon decoding.
  • Modeling of the DAC data processing utilizing I-Q Modulation, Reed-Solomon Encoding and IIR Filtering.
  • Selection and procurement for FPGA components
  • Assisting in the testing of high-performance FPGA-based boards and systems
  • Achieve company goals associated with cost, quality, and delivery schedule as related to the
  • assigned design activities.
  • Provide time and cost estimates for projects.
  • Provide risk assessment and risk mitigation for technical and schedule issues.
  • Make FPGA configuration changes to support customer specific installations.
  • Provide guidance to less experienced engineers.

Desired Qualifications:

  • BS or MS ins Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics, or related discipline
  • Minimum of 8 years FPGA design experience; within an aerospace company a plus
  • Demonstrated Experience with Intel Quartus Design Suite and Mentor Modelsim
  • Design experience using Intel Cyclone V FPGA families
  • Strong knowledge of FPGA tool flow; Synthesis, Partitioning, Place & Route, timing closure
  • Strengths in VHDL, Verilog, System Verilog, test-benches, simulation, automation, and debug are a plus.
  • Prior experience with lab equipment including meters, power supplies, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, signal generators.
  • Knowledge of RTCA DO-254 Standard for Airborne Electronic Systems is recommended
  • Generate block diagrams for various design concepts and circuit topologies
  • Analysis and Modeling Tools (MS Excel, Matlab)
  • Documentation Tools (MS Word/PowerPoint, Visio, Adobe)
  • Experienced in scripting/programming ideally Python, Tcl
  • Collaborate with other cross-functional team leads and engineers to plan and execute projects
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent Troubleshooting and Problem-Solving skills
  • U.S. citizen and U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder) required

To apply for this position, please email David Mewbourne, at david.mewbourne@flightdata.aero.


Senior FPGA Design Engineer

Senior FPGA Design Engineer

Reports to: Director of Engineering
Status: Exempt
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Tx
Positions available: 1

Summary

The Senior FPGA Design Engineer is responsible for developing next generation avionics for the commercial aviation industry. The individual will be able to design, test, and integrate complex, high-speed FPGAs. This individual will work closely with hardware and software engineers during the test and integration phases. Additionally, they will be responsible for design, documentation, implementation, and testing verification.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Hardware and Software teams on FPGA system requirements
  • Working with Sr Hardware Engineers on overall system board design
  • Design of the FPGA subsystems for data transfer and data processing
  • Modeling of the ADC data processing utilizing FIR filters, CORDIC, Quadrature Down- Conversion, Reed-Solomon decoding.
  • Modeling of the DAC data processing utilizing I-Q Modulation, Reed-Solomon Encoding and IIR Filtering.
  • Selection and procurement for FPGA components
  • Assisting in the testing of high-performance FPGA-based boards and systems
  • Achieve company goals associated with cost, quality, and delivery schedule as related to the
  • assigned design activities.
  • Provide time and cost estimates for projects.
  • Provide risk assessment and risk mitigation for technical and schedule issues.
  • Make FPGA configuration changes to support customer specific installations.
  • Provide guidance to less experienced engineers.

Desired Qualifications:

  • BS or MS ins Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics, or related discipline
  • Minimum of 8 years FPGA design experience; within an aerospace company a plus.
  • Demonstrated Experience with Intel Quartus Design Suite and Mentor Modelsim
  • Design experience using Intel Cyclone V FPGA families
  • Strong knowledge of FPGA tool flow; Synthesis, Partitioning, Place & Route, timing closure
  • Strengths in VHDL, Verilog, System Verilog, test-benches, simulation, automation, and debug are a plus.
  • Prior experience with lab equipment including meters, power supplies, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, signal generators.
  • Knowledge of RTCA DO-254 Standard for Airborne Electronic Systems is recommended
  • Generate block diagrams for various design concepts and circuit topologies
  • Analysis and Modeling Tools (MS Excel, Matlab)
  • Documentation Tools (MS Word/PowerPoint, Visio, Adobe)
  • Experienced in scripting/programming ideally Python, Tcl
  • Collaborate with other cross-functional team leads and engineers to plan and execute projects
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent Troubleshooting and Problem-Solving skills
  • U.S. citizen and U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder) required

To apply for this position, please email David Mewbourne, at david.mewbourne@flightdata.aero.


Scott Hall Appointed Flight Data Systems' Business Development Executive, Americas

Scott Hall set to lead Business Development in USA amidst the launch of SENTRY Series of Flight Recorders

MELBOURNE, AUS, January 20, 2021 – Flight Data Systems (FDS) Flight Data Systems hires Scott Hall as the new Business Development Executive for Americas.

Hall will be supporting FDS’s American business development efforts from Everett, Washington, USA, amidst the company’s 30th year of business. He says it’s an honor to join the operations and is excited to support the recent launch of the SENTRY Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), which is the lightest, smallest, and lowest power consumption TSO’d ED-112A recorder ever manufactured.

“We look forward to having Hall’s technical and sales experience onboard,” says Kerry Farrish, Flight Data Systems Vice President of Sales. “Hall brings a wealth of knowledge in the avionics industry.”

Hall has gained a strong reputation as a creative marketing and distribution leader in aerospace technologies. He says he is looking forward to supporting the company’s marketing strategies throughout the USA.

“I chose Flight Data Systems as I am excited to represent the new SENTRY product line and to help launch its presence in the market,” says Hall.

Hall brings over 20 years of aviation technology leadership to the team. Before joining Flight Data Systems, Hall held business development roles in aviation communications at Panasonic Avionics and German-based IDAIR GmbH.

Hall says he was inspired to establish a career in aviation by his grandfather, who was US Navy aircraft electrician in the US Navy and later a salesman in the avionics industry. Throughout his career, he has followed his passion for avionic systems, and has acquired an extensive background in aircraft modifications and STC certifications.

For more information on the SENTRY or to learn more about the full scope of Flight Data Systems’ products and solutions, follow the company on LinkedIn, visit flightdata.aero, or contact sales@flightdata.aero.

About Flight Data Systems
Flight Data Systems (FDS), founded in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia, seeks to drive operational efficiencies in aviation using their product and service portfolio of data acquisition, data recording, data storage, and data analysis solutions. FDS aims to become the leading provider of end-to-end flight data solutions within aviation. For more information, visit flightdata.aero.


Product Spotlight: Handheld Multipurpose Interface

An Integral Tool for MRO Operators

FDS’s Hand-Held Multi-Purpose Interface (HHMPI) is a sleek 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.

Scott Hall has been in the industry for 30-years and is FDS’ Business Development Manager for the Americas. Hall says the HHMPI is easy to use and provides an industry-standard offloading tool for the on-wing Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) downloads.

“It is its own ambassador to the FDS brand,” mentioned Hall. “It’s been likened to being kin to a Swiss Army Knife of GSE downloading tools, as it can download most of the recorders that are in service today.”

It also supports connective abilities to multiple memory devices from downloading flight data onto SD card CF card and USB memory drive, with a PCMCIA II card option to store flight data or cockpit audio files. Rapid data delivery can also be provided through various offloading options, including wireless (Wi-Fi) for different levels of data additional streaming capabilities.

Hall mentioned that the HHMPI is ideal for operations with different aircraft types with various FDR’s in a fleet. Fundamentally, it is designed to provide the most efficient and versatile data capturing system to assist fleet monitoring for all aviation levels.

Microscopic data analysis capabilities

Hall provides service to hundreds of operators and said that it is always a pleasure to see how the HHMPI can make a real difference for operations that need to monitor their fleet closely. He explained that this system is intuitive and provides immediate insights into the health of an aircraft. He sees a tool in the hands of ground crews that really makes a difference in delivering direct insights on an aircraft.

“They’ll see everything from where the aircraft is located, its speed and altitude, to engine trend monitoring and it supports a variety of FDM programs. The HHMPI can download many different OEM recorders. It eliminates the need for a specific download tool for each recorder manufacturer. It consolidates a variety of download abilities, as a multi-service downloading kit.”

Hall explained that the HHMPI easily integrates into an FDM system, as it allows for the capture of multitude of data interfaces across many different functionalities. It ultimately supports a reduction in unique downloading devices required, which produces cost-saving opportunities for operations.

Real-time data access

Data can also be streamed through an ethernet connection connected through a local area network (LAN). Its wireless USB dongle enables it to access Wi-Fi networks for file transfer to a selected FTP server.

“The data streaming monitor delivers live data in real-time,” explained Hall. “It’s really exceptional for fleets that need to access their maintenance reports really quickly and easily. The HHMPI is designed for operations that cannot afford downtime.”

Meeting industry certifications

The HHMPI is CE and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certified and provides the ability to swiftly capture and verify essential data during maintenance services mandated by international regulatory agencies, including mandatory International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements.

As for convenient charging options, the HHMPI’s docking cradle can also be used to recharge the internal battery while transferring data files.

Aside from its Wi-Fi capabilities – flight data files can be transferred onto downloadable storage devices, including a USB key, compact flash, SD card. The HHMPI can be used as a mass storage device to directly transfer flight data files via USB cable to a PC hard drive.

The versatility of the HHMPI is immense, and operators can optimize its abilities by customizing their systems to serve their operations better. The HHMPI provides a massive range of flight data recorder functions, including engineering unit replay, which the avionics technician may be used at the aircraft or in the office. It also allows administrator security access control to set passwords for HHMPI menus or functions, which provides more security options for larger operations.

For more information on the HHMPI, contact sales@flightdata.aero.