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.


Flight Data Systems Appoints New President, Anthony Rios

IRVING, TX., April 6, 2021 –  Flight Data Systems (FDS), a leading provider of flight data solutions for the business, military, and commercial aviation segments, has named Anthony Rios as President, effective immediately. Mr. Rios will succeed Darren Privitera, who will remain the Managing Director through May 2021. Mr. Privitera will remain with the organization to collaborate with Rios on developing long-term strategies for the organization.

In his new role, Mr. Rios will manage Flight Data Systems’ global operations in Dallas, Melbourne, and London, and will aid in synergizing the organization’s product portfolio with a focus on innovation.

“After an extensive search, we are proud to announce Anthony as the new President of Flight Data Systems,” mentions Michael Wilkerson, Vice President of Aviation and Government Businesses, ACR Electronics. “Anthony’s passion for aviation and rich executive experience in sales, engineering, and operations makes him the ideal candidate to further develop Flight Data Systems’ strong position in the market.”

Anthony Rios, President, Flight Data Systems

An entrepreneurial leader with domestic and international experience in strategy development, sales, product development, operations, and engineering, Rios brings two decades of experience with innovative, aviation technology start-ups as well as established market leaders. His unique combination of business skills and the deep technical credibility gained through 13 years of engineering experience solidifies Rios as the ideal candidate for the role.

“I am excited about leading Flight Data Systems into its next chapter of growth,” mentions Rios. “We have a talented, multinational workforce with key partnerships already in place and an impressive array of technologies and solutions for business, commercial, and military segments of aviation. I look forward to leading this company and strengthening our partnerships within the community and industry.”

Rios holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), an FAA Commercial Pilot License (SEL-PPL, MEL-PPL, MEL-CPL, Instrument, High Performance/Complex, CE500 Type Rating) and regularly flies General Aviation aircraft for business and pleasure.

Rios is the latest member of Flight Data Systems’ leadership team which includes recent additions Kerry Farrish, Vice President of Sales, and David Mewbourne, Director of Engineering.


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.


David Mewbourne Appointed Flight Data Systems' Director of Engineering

MELBOURNE, AUS, December 1, 2020 – Flight Data Systems is pleased to announce the appointment of David Mewbourne as Director of Engineering effective December 1st, 2020. A seasoned professional known for generating profitable programs in aviation, Mewbourne brings over 27 years of engineering and program management experience to Flight Data Systems.

In his role, Mewbourne will direct the development of international embedded software and hardware programs from the company’s corporate offices in Irving, Texas.

“We’re extremely pleased to have David join our growing company,” said Darren Privitera, Managing Director of Flight Data Systems. “I’m looking forward to his leadership to further develop Flight Data Systems’ programs and to support our rapid development and growth plans for our flight data product portfolio.

Mewbourne holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. His past experiences include a variety of major aviation brands across the United States including FDS Avionics and Logicircuit Inc. From engineering and program management, to proposal and client support, Mewbourne has gained a reputation for generating profitable engineering programs for airlines and business jet segments.

Eager to take on a lead role in the development and program support of Flight Data Systems’ diverse products and solutions portfolio, Mewbourne will lead a team of application, electrical design, and system engineers to support the integration and installation certification of products across a variety of industry verticals.

“I am thrilled to take on this opportunity with Flight Data Systems,” says Mewbourne. “FDS is a leader in designing high-quality avionics for the aerospace industry. I look forward to working with this skilled team of avionics professionals to further the robust end-to-end flight data capabilities including the newly certified SENTRY family of data and voice recorders.”

For more information about the full scope of FDS’ products and solutions, follow the company on LinkedIn, visit www.flightdata.aero or contact sales@flightdata.aero.

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.

About ACR Group 
The ACR Group is the leading innovator of satellite based tracking, data communications, and emergency location products and services used across aviation, marine, and land environments. The ACR Group portfolio of companies includes ACR Electronics, ARTEX, SKYTRAC, Latitude Technologies, Flight Data Systems, FreeFlight Systems, NAL Research, Ocean Signal and United Moulders (UML).


Flight Data Systems Celebrates 30th Year of Business by Launching World’s Smallest FDR

MELBOURNE, AUS, May 12, 2020, Flight Data Systems (FDS), a global provider of innovative end-to-end flight data
capture, storage, transmission, and analysis solutions, has today announced the official Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval for the SENTRY family of recorders amidst its 30th year of business serving
commercial and military aviation clients.

Flight Data Systems, founded in Australia in 1990, now with offices in the United States and United Kingdom, has evolved into
a multinational aviation firm serving organizations such as the US Navy, US Airforce, Australian Defense Force (ADF), and
numerous airlines.

Flight Data Systems’ latest innnovation, the SENTRY recorder, weighs only 4.50 pounds (2.04 kilograms) and features
physical dimensions of 3.30 inches in height, 6.00 inches in width, and 4.90 inches in depth, making it smaller than its closest
competitor, and the smallest ED-112A recorder available on the market today.

The industry leading SENTRY offers an affordable flight data recorder solution using the latest in hardware and software
technology. It leads popular flight data recorder brands in size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimizations alongside a unique
software-free Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) architecture which reduces both operational and NRE costs.

The future-proof unit’s modifiable architecture allows for product changes as operational requirements shift and also boasts
multiple beacon options, broad expansion capabilities, and accepts both analog and digital sensor inputs. The TSO for the
SENTRY platform applies to all aircraft types including UAV, civil, military, business, commercial, and fast jet segments of
aviation.

The SENTRY provides clear advantages over more traditional flight data recorder brands with significant performance
improvements, true parallel processing, and reduced certification efforts which leads to lower overall program risk.
“We are very excited to announce that the entire SENTRY platform, from the standalone flight data and cockpit recorders,
to the combination CVFDR unit, have been TSO’d by the FAA,” mentioned Kevin Littler, Vice President of Sales at Flight
Data Systems. “It’s a monumentous occasion to be celebrating the launch of the innovative SENTRY during our 30th year of
business and we couldn’t be more excited to finally introduce it to the market.”

To purchase the SENTRY flight data recorder platform or to learn more about Flight Data Systems’ set of products, solutions,
and services, please contact sales@flightdata.aero or visit flightdata.aero.


Carolina GSE Expands Relationship with Data Solutions Provider Flight Data Systems

Carolina GSE Becomes Authorized Reseller of Flight Recorder Testing Equipment

New Bern, NC, April 16, 2020 – Carolina GSE, a global provider of aviation ground support equipment solutions, is
pleased to announce a new affiliation with Flight Data Systems (FDS), a manufacturer of innovative end-to-end flight data
solutions. As a result, Carolina GSE will become an authorized reseller for flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice
recorder (CVR) testing equipment.

“We are very excited to become the first reseller of Flight Data Systems’ suite of products. With our current expansion
into test equipment, Flight Data Systems is a perfect fit for Carolina GSE. FDS has been in business for 25 years, and I am
looking forward to seeing our teams work together closely in the coming months,” said John Werner, President.

As a reseller for FDS, Carolina GSE will offer a quality product line of FDR and CRV test equipment. This expansion adds
new products to Carolina GSE’s portfolio with the end goal of becoming a one-stop hub for all ground support and test
equipment. With the addition of Flight Data Systems test equipment, Carolina GSE is positioned to becoming the aviation
industry’s first choice supplier for ground support, maintenance, and testing solutions.

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 Carolina GSE
Carolina GSE is based in New Bern, North Carolina, and is a trusted global leader in providing diverse categories of ground
support equipment and offering extensive repair and overhaul services. Along with ground support equipment, Carolina
GSE has expanded to avionics and FDR/CVR test equipment. Carolina GSE was founded in 2001 to serve individual aircraft
owners, corporate flight departments, FBOs, maintenance facilities (MROs), military, and commercial airlines. For more
information, visit www.carolinagse.com


Flight Data Systems Announces FAA TSO for SENTRY Flight Data Recorder

MELBOURNE, AUS, November 18, 2019 — Flight Data Systems has announced the official Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) technical standard order (TSO) approval for the ED-112A Flight Data Recorder — the lightest on the market.

The SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder’s (CVFDR’s) recent TSO-approval paves the way for the device to be onboard numerous aircraft in various industry segments and will allow operators to save valuable space and reduce weight.

We are very excited to be able to announce TSO for the SENTRY family of recorders. We believe this is the perfect time to introduce the SENTRY brand to the aviation industry formally,” said Darren Privitera, founder and managing director of flight data systems.

The TSO applies to all aircraft types, including civil and military fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and the business, commercial, helicopter, and fast jet segments of general aviation.

The SENTRY family includes the TSO-approved Flight Data Recorder, a Cockpit Voice Recorder, and the combined Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR), all in the same mechanical footprint.

“Flight Data Systems’ SENTRY recorders are small and light, but also extremely low power which offers a significant advantage to OEMs and MROs as they try to manage today’s critical power budgets,” concluded Privitera.

The SENTRY product line will be on display at HAI Heli-Expo 2020 in Anaheim, California.


ACR Group Acquires Flight Data Systems

ACR Group Strengthens Position in Aviation Industry with Acquisition of Flight Data Systems

ACR Electronics has acquired Flight Data Systems, a provider of flight data recorders, ground support equipment, and electronics manufacturing for the global aviation industry. Flight Data Systems will report into ACR Electronics, Inc., a Drew Marine operating unit.

The acquisition of Flight Data Systems represents the latest addition to ACR Electronics’ growing portfolio of aviation brands, which include ARTEX Emergency Locator Transmitters and SKYTRAC, a flight data and communications technology leader. The new unified affiliation between three of the industry’s leading companies will enable ACR Electronics to offer an enhanced product line and service offering for the aviation marketplace.

Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with locations in the United Kingdom and the United States, Flight Data Systems designs and manufactures a range of airborne and ground support equipment, including its newly-launched Sentry Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR). Suitable for manned and unmanned applications, the company also provides extensive aviation services including Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) and Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) services along with Flight Recorder services and read-outs, and utilizes in-house testing capabilities for crash worthiness and environmental.

Flight Data Systems’ operations and personnel, including executive management, will continue to function as usual under the new ownership as an independent subsidiary, retaining existing products, brand, locations, engineering capabilities, and sales.

“Flight Data Systems adds a valuable new dimension to our expanding group of aviation companies and we are really looking forward to introducing our customers to such a comprehensive and complementary range of products, technologies and services,” said Michael Wilkerson, Vice President of ACR Electronics – Aviation and Government Businesses.

“With ARTEX and SKYTRAC, we offer a suite of aviation data, tracking, distress alerting, communications and operational integrations. Now we can expand this offering with the latest airborne data acquisition systems, flight data recorders and ground support equipment. We are delighted to join forces with a company that shares the long-held commitment of ACR Electronics to lead the industry with strong R&D facilities and a focus on innovation.”