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Aviation Companies Team To Provide GA Flight Data Monitoring System
Modeled On FAA’s FOQA Info-Sharing Program
Systems developer Alakai Technologies Corporation, data management and analysis software provider OpenAero, and system integrator and safety analyst CAPACG announced Tuesday a teaming agreement to provide an all-in-one Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) solution for piston engine aircraft,
such as the Cirrus SR20 and SR22.
The companies tell ANN the partnership marks the first combined effort to provide general aviation pilots with a “plug-and-play” engine and flight data monitoring, recording, and analysis system. The new package – based on
standardized, FAA-approved Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) programs for commercial aircraft – enables non-commercial aviators to
monitor and share engine trend and flight operations data.
Under the FOQA model, data is de-identified and voluntarily shared in aggregate, allowing contributors to remain anonymous while learning and improving operations from data shared by other owners and operators. While
the system leverages the best features of the FOQA model, there are no FAA requirements associated with it.
Those not interested in this option can use the FDM as an informational program, to simply enhance individual operations and performance.
“Flight Data Monitoring and the ability to share data has the potential to become a valuable tool among flight instructors,” said J.J. Greenway, chief flight instructor with the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. “Data-sharing opens
doors for improved teaching and increased safety possibilities.”
The teaming agreement is intended to make the affordable, one-stop shop technology more user-friendly for Cirrus and other single-engine owners and operators, as well as less expensive. The companies plan to expand service
to twin-engine aircraft and light jets in the near future.