Wed, Apr 11, 2007
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
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
Those not interested in this option can use the FDM as an
informational program, to simply enhance individual operations and
"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.
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