Eclipse Will Monitor Performance Database On Jets

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Eclipse has received FAA approval of its Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) program, the company said on Wednesday. The system is similar to those used by airlines, in which onboard software records the aircraft performance data, and it is then downloaded into a central database for analysis. "FOQA is a perfect addition to our progressive safety management system, which gives us the tools to proactively ensure the highest level of safety across all Eclipse 500 operations," said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation. The information gathered by the system is used to identify, assess and correct high-risk operating conditions before they cause an accident, according to Eclipse's news release.

Instead of waiting for hazards to be identified through accidents, Eclipse says its system will identify risks so they can be managed in advance of an incident or accident. FOQA is central to this process, allowing Eclipse to understand what is actually happening with the Eclipse 500 fleet in the field. More about FOQA can be found at the FAA's web site.