Hensoldt is launching a new flight data recorder, integrating the latest sensor technologies in an extremely compact design so that flight, video and audio data can be recorded. Thanks to its significantly reduced weight, dimensions and energy consumption, it is for the first time possible to provide this capability to not only light aircraft and UAVs, but also business jets and small helicopters.

The new flight data recorder, SferiRec LCR (Lightweight Crash Recorder), contains all the necessary sensors for recording such data as altitude and direction, engine temperature and speed as well as the pilots’ voices. The fact that it weighs only around 1kg means it is the lightest of its kind on the market. The product combines all the recording functions (cockpit voice, flight data and crash-protected memory), which have up to now been performed by separate devices. Furthermore, the maintenance data can be read to an easily accessible SD card.

The system’s sensors include an integrated microphone for ambient noise, a three-axis gyroscope, a three-axis accelerometer, a temperature sensor, a GPS receiver and an air pressure sensor. The new product is certified to ETSO-2C197 (ED-155). In more than 30 years’ experience in the flight data recorder field, Hensoldt has provided solutions for such platforms as the TORNADO and P-3C ORION fixed-wing aircraft and NH90, TIGER, UH-1D and CH-53 helicopters.

HENSOLDT has been developing and producing flight data recorders for military aircraft and helicopters for more than 30 years, e.g. for the Tornado combat aircraft, the P-3C Orion maritime reconnaissance aircraft, as well as for helicopters of the type NH90 and TIGER or even the UH-1D and the CH-53.


The SferiRec LCR. (Photo: Hensoldt)

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