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What is it?
Flight Data Recorder (FDR) is an iPhone / iPad utility application for 'recording' your own data. As its name suggests, it mimics what an aircraft "black box" does, by recording position, altitude and attitude data, along with cockpit voice (cockpit voice recorder, CVR), such that complete information for a flight can be stored. A CVR records the conversation in the cockpit, and radio communications between the crew and air traffic control (ATC), as well as other ambient sounds (cockpit warnings, etc.).
Flight Data Recorder Mobile
What can I do with it?
The data generated by FDR can be imported into the Instructor Station program, and Google Earth 3D files (kml) can be exported, data plotted, PDF reports generated, etc.
The Instructor Station will playback any portion of your flight in Google Earth, with simultaneous audio feed, to provide the ULTIMATE flight re-living experience!
Ever felt lost after an ATC instruction and wished you could hear it again? In flight, the FDR can also be used as a means to playback a past ATC transmission (Digital ATC Recorder feature), just like the Garmin G1000 can do.
Who is this for?
Use of FDR in combination with the Instructor Station makes it IDEAL for:
Whether you're out flying, snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, driving, running, hiking or whatever you're into, FDR is a solution for gathering real-time data on-the-go. The indexed data can then be used in conjunction with the Instructor Station (or with any other data processing program, like Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers) for post-analysis, to visualize your every move.
Re-live Flights in Real-Time, with simultaneous Audio
Re-live your flight!
IFR flight from Houston (KIWS) to Beaumont (KBMT)
Real-time playback with Instructor Station
Teardrop Hold entry at OILER intersection
(Missed Approach from KDWH RWY 35L)
Holding at OILER intersection
Exiting Hold at OILER intersection
Turns Around a Point (side view)
ILS Approach to KEFD,
ending in a missed approach to RWY 17R
PDF Report generated for this approach - see below FAA approach chart for reference:
VOR-DME Approach to KSGR,
ending in a Circle-To-Land maneuver to RWY 17
Sight-seeing flight around Houston-Galveston
Departure from RWY 33 at KIWS &
Arrival to RWY 15 at KIWS
How does it work?
The application uses the GPS and Compass sensors on your device to extract and store the following data: latitude, longitude, true direction, magnetic direction, speed, distance, time, optional points of interest, and a lot of other data.
Recorded data is saved to a CSV file at 2.5 FPS (one point logged every 400 milliseconds) with filenames matching the date and time they were created (i.e. '13-09-15_1530_43.csv' was created on the 15th of September of 2013, at 15:30 and 43 seconds). Recorded audio is saved in a ‘CAF’ file, with the same name as the data file. Files can be sent via email or be retrieved from the device in iTunes, under File Sharing (1.- Open iTunes, 2.- Browse to your device, 3.- Under the APPS tab scroll down to the file sharing area and look at FlightDR Documents).
Approximately 60 minutes of data recording equates to 1.7 MB of data on your device. Including voice recording, that amount is about 7.7 MB. To keep things tidy, it is recommendable to delete files once they have been exported from the device and placed them on a computer.
How do I use it?
Once you have FDR installed on your device, you only need to decide whether you want audio to be recorded as well or not, and click START! It’s that easy! There are a few things you need to know if you want accurate results generated for your data:
FDR records data in the background, so you can use another application while recording.
FDR has an option to start recording when speed is above 15 knots (about 17 mph or 28 km/h), so that the user does not have to be paying attention to the recorder, and can focus on important tasks at hand.
Latest Update: September 2015 @ Houston, TX (USA)
Originally Published: October 2013 @ Houston, TX (USA)