For years, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) and EUROCAE (European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment) have required professional crash-proof image and data recorders for light aircraft and helicopters. The new update of EU regulation ED-155 forces the issue. Consequently, two world renowned brands, Hensoldt Sensors GmbH and Kappa optronics GmbH, have joined forces to present a lightweight, all-in-one solution for comprehensive crash recording. This fully ED-155 qualified system consists of the Kappa FE 320 LCR camera, combined with the lightweight SferiRec® LCR recorder. Flight-data is stored together with high-quality cockpit voice and video data in crash-protected memory.
The system is EASA approved. A Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Cessna Grand Caravan utility aircraft is upcoming, with more to follow. Numerous OEMs at the HAI Heli Expo in Anaheim CA (USA) showed great interest, indicating that the system’s size and performance are exactly what the industry had been looking for. Kappa and Hensoldt will showcase their benchmark solution at the Aerospace Tech Week in Toulouse, France (Booth 605, March 18-19, 2020).