Curtiss-Wright and Honeywell Use Connectivity to Reinvent Airplane Black Box Recorders

  • Innovation paves way for real-time data access to aid aircraft
    incident investigations
  • Curtiss-Wright’s compact, lightweight Fortress(TM) flight data
    recorder technology is first to meet extended operational and crash
    survivability requirements
  • Honeywell’s Connected Aircraft software enables operators to source
    flight data from thousands of parameters, creating improved
    efficiencies across an aircraft
  • New flight recorders will meet upcoming European Aviation Safety
    Agency mandate for storing a minimum of 25 hours of voice recordings

In a major boost for airline accident investigations, two aviation
leaders, Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW)and Honeywell have
partnered to develop an entirely new way for airlines to monitor and
analyze flight data. The companies will use real-time connectivity to
reinvent the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR)
– commonly referred to as “black boxes” – for the commercial airline,
cargo transport and business jet markets. The companies signed an
agreement to develop the next generation of mandate-compliant voice and
data recorders. As part of the new agreement, Curtiss-Wright will be the
exclusive supplier for Honeywell’s next-generation recorders for the Air
Transport and Business Aviation markets.

The companies will jointly develop the hardware for the new black boxes,
and Honeywell will modernize the software capabilities for easier access
to real-time data during flight. This will provide aircraft owners,
operators and manufacturers with new voice and flight data recording
options to help decrease aircraft downtime through better predictive
maintenance and, in the unlikely event of an emergency, help with the
subsequent investigation. Further, operators will benefit from real-time
data streaming and cloud-upload capabilities, enabled by Honeywell’s
Connected Aircraft software, which allows for the swift and remote
retrieval of data from the aircraft for storage or analysis.

“Honeywell and Curtiss-Wright have long been pioneers and innovators of
crash protected recorders, providing flight data recorders to the
industry for over 50 years,” said David C. Adams, Chairman and CEO of
Curtiss-Wright Corporation. “Working together, we will take flight data
recorder connectivity and performance to new heights, with extended
operation and greater survivability. Bringing our combined experience to
the marketplace will generate financial, safety and operational benefits
for years to come.”

As a source of critical aircraft data, black boxes passively collect
large amounts of information from multiple sources during each flight.
This ensures that, in the event of an accident, investigators can use
the data to learn more about the chain of events leading up to it. This
new recorder will serve as a “Black Box in the Sky,” meaning owners,
operators and manufacturers will have the option to access the data at
all times, resulting in the potential for better maintenance
predictability and operational insight through data analytics. In
addition, in the event of an emergency, the data on board will be
quickly accessible to investigators.

“The importance of reliable Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorders
cannot be overstated. 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,” said Ben Driggs, president,
Services & Connectivity, at Honeywell Aerospace. “With the new
regulatory requirement, we saw an opportunity to evolve our recorder
technology to not only meet the conditions of governing agencies, but
also make this product more powerful and better connected, providing
aircraft operators with another source of data collection that can be
used to improve aircraft maintenance and performance.”

The new CVR and FDR, based on Curtiss-Wright’s industry leading compact,
lightweight Fortress flight data recorder technology, will surpass the
requirements of the upcoming 2021 European Aviation Safety Agency
minimum 25-hour cockpit voice recording mandate. This means the aircraft
data can be used for more efficient operations, allowing for additional
predictive maintenance and real-time playback of data and voice
communications. Along with added connectivity, the next-generation
recorders provide an easy upgrade that saves installation time and
lowers costs due to their design as form-fit replacements for
Honeywell’s HFR-5 series cockpit voice and flight data recorders.
Curtiss-Wright recently certified its Fortress recorder, a 25-hour
CVR/FDR recorder that is used as the foundation for the new Honeywell
Connected Recorder-25 or HCR-25.

As part of the development of the new recorders, Honeywell will offer
the product in several variants, including as a standalone CVR, as a
standalone FDR, or as a combined voice and flight data recorder.

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About Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global innovative company that
delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to
the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the
heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a
long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer
relationships. The company employs approximately 8,600 people worldwide.
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