Air Logistics and Appareo Systems in August won FAA approval of a flight data monitoring solution that they say is the first low-cost, lightweight, fully integrated system specifically designed for small and legacy aircraft.
The FAA has awarded a supplemental type certificate for installation of the ALERTS system, short for Aircraft Logging and Event Recording for Training and Safety, in Bell Helicopter 206s and 407s.
The system includes an inertial sensor suite, a recorder capable of storing more than 100 hr of high-resolution flight data, and powerful 3D graphic flight replay and analysis software that provides for detailed flight tracking and analysis (including automatic analysis of flight characteristics to determine if the pilot adhered to standard operating procedures during a flight). ALERTS is designed for simple field installation. "The ALERTS system is a revolutionary technology that will help our company dramatically improve safety performance of our small aircraft, and this technology also has applications in medium-size helicopters," said Mike Suldo, president of Bristow Group subsidiary Air Logistics.