6-Mar-2013 Source: Curtiss-Wright
Curtiss-Wright Controls Avionics & Electronics (CWC-AE) announced the development of the Information Collection and Monitoring System (ICMS) that meets forthcoming requirements for voice, data and video recording on Part 135 Helicopters as part of a Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) / Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) program. The ICMS records the complete parameter set defined in FAA Advisory Circular AC29-2C, plus the additional audio and video inputs specified in FAA TSO-C197 and EUROCAE ED-155.Avionics
Paul Hart, Director of Avionics Engineering at CWC-AEs comments “Our design goals for this product go beyond meeting the mandatory requirements. The product will also collect additional data to assist with troubleshooting and for engine warranty programs. Simplified data retrieval has been made a priority too – we utilize standard technologies via the cockpit mounted camera such as USB, Ethernet and the facility to remotely download to a server using 4G.”
The ICMS Recorder is a crash protected unit with integrated GPS, 3-axis MEMS gyros and 3-axis MEMS accelerometers. It records a minimum of 150 hours of data, voice and HD video using H.264 compression. The ICMS Camera/Microphone consists of a 1080p resolution camera and wide-bandwidth area microphone in a single unit. This unit also receives a mirror of the data recorded on the ICMS Recorder (typically installed in the tailboom). Data is formatted into industry-standard ARINC 573/717 data frames that are compatible with the majority of 3rd party FOQA/FDM software packages. The voice and audio recordings contain non-proprietary metadata and timestamps that allow the voice, audio and flight data to synchronized during replay.
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Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Motion Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation and a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technologies for niche actuation and drive applications, integrated sensors and electronic subsystems internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit www.cwcontrols.com.
About Curtiss-Wright Controls Avionics & Electronics
The Curtiss-Wright Controls Avionics & Electronics group (CWC-AE) designs and manufactures rugged data acquisition, recording and controller sub-system solutions for the aerospace market. It invests heavily in research and development to ensure it maintains the technology leadership required to deliver high performance COTS and custom engineered products. CWC-AE’s core capabilities include certified system and software integration combined with market leading customer support. CWC-AE has over 60 years’ experience supplying recorders and supports a diverse range of avionics, maintenance, safety and test recording applications. For more information, visit www.cwc-ae.com.