Honeywell Developing Connected Black Boxes

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Image: Curtiss-Wright

Image: Curtiss-Wright

Honeywell and Curtiss-Wright are collaborating to develop a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) that will give operators real-time streaming and server storage options for flight data and voice communications. According to Honeywell, the new cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder, branded as the Honeywell Connected Recorder-25 (HCR-25), “paves way for 24/7/365 streaming information to aid aircraft incident investigations.” The HCR-25 will also exceed the minimum 25-hour cockpit voice recording time required by the upcoming 2021 European Aviation Safety Agency cockpit voice recording mandate.

“The importance of reliable cockpit voice and flight data recorders cannot be overstated,” said Honeywell Aerospace Services & Connectivity President Ben Driggs. “That’s why we are working alongside Curtiss-Wright to design and develop the next generation of recorders that leverages our full hardware and software expertise to meet the 25-hour requirement, to identify the right information and make it available to airline operators when it’s most needed.”

Honeywell says the HCR-25 was designed to be a form-fit replacement for Honeywell’s HFR-5 series. Several variants will be available including a standalone CVR, standalone FDR and a combined cockpit voice and flight data recorder. Honeywell will be working on the software for the HCR-25 and hardware development will be completed by both companies. Curtiss-Wright’s recently certified Fortress recorder is being used as the foundation for the HCR-25.

Comments (2)

Finally! I have been maintaining for years that the technology is available to allow real time transmission of flight data back to a central monitoring station. Thus, it should be possible to have the needed flight data available immediately following an incident, making the frantic search for the CVR and FDR unnecessary.

Posted by: John McNamee | February 7, 2019 11:23 AM    Report this comment

Finally! Early-1990s technology, today! What new wonder will be next?

Posted by: YARS (Tom Yarsley) | February 7, 2019 12:04 PM    Report this comment

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