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KAPTURE™ | Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorders


Sixth Generation Recorders

The KAPTURE line of Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorders (CVR/FDR) includes five lightweight and compact model options, providing a customized recording solution for your aircraft. Available models include a CVR, FDR, and combination Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR). Each model features a lithium free 90-day Underwater Locator Beacon (ULB), and the CVR and CVFDR models offer a patented internal Recorder Independent Power Supply (RIPS) option.

UA’s sixth generation of recorders include all the features and benefits of the company’s previous CVR/FDR product line with reduced weights, plus many improvements and enhanced capabilities.

With its increased cockpit voice and ambient audio recording capability of over 25 hours, the CVR and CVFDR models meet EASA’s mandate which requires all aircraft with an MTOW of 59,500 lbs. first issued with an individual Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA) on or after January 1, 2021, to be equipped with a 25 hour CVR. Recorded playback is proven to be clear and audible. The CVR and CVFDR models also provide over 25 hours of non-audio recording such as UTC, rotor speed, and data link messaging. The FDR offers over 90 hours of recording ARINC 717 data, and the inclusion of two ARINC 429 ports allows for an additional 25 hours of data and expanded integration capabilities.

The KAPTURE line of CVR/FDR offers the utmost in reliability with high Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and is backed by UA’s world-renowned customer support. The line is designed for operators seeking a recording solution that meets all of the latest certifications and requirements, including MOPS ED-112A compliance, for the freedom to fly around the world.


  • Models
  • Specifications
  • Qualifications
  • Flight Archive

KAPTURE CVR/FDR Product Models

  • CVFDR-1650 (Combined CVR and FDR unit)
  • CVFDR-1650R (Combined CVR and FDR unit with embedded RIPS)
  • CVR-1651 (Baseline CVR)
  • CVR-1651R (CVR with embedded RIPS)
  • FDR-1652 (Baseline FDR)


  • Size: 6.1 in. (H) x 4.9 in. (W) x 8.0 in. (D)
  • Weight:
    • With RIPS: 8.0 lbs.
    • Without RIPS: 7.4 lbs.
  • Power: 28 VDC/115 VAC
  • Mounting: Circular connector, bolt-down mount


Cockpit Voice Recording

  • Over 25 hours of cockpit voice and ambient audio
  • Over 25 hours of non-audio (UTC, rotor speed, data link messaging)


Flight Data Recording

  • ARINC 717: Over 90 hours of flight data storage
  • ARINC 429: Two inputs, at least 25 hours of flight data storage


Voice/Data Stored in Solid-State Flash Memory


Recorder Independent Power Supply (RIPS)

  • Optional backup power allows the CVR to record data for 10 minutes +/- 1 minute after a power fail 


Maintenance on Condition Yields Lower Cost of Ownership

  • No requirement for periodic maintenance (excluding ULB)


90 Day ULB with No Lithium Batteries

  • No special conditions
  • No dangerous goods shipping requirements


ARINC 757 Compatible Recorded Inputs

  • Three crew microphones
  • One area microphone
  • Helicopter rotor speed
  • UTC
  • Data link ARINC 758 


Control Unit Options

  • DZUS mount or remote CCU


Test Set

  • PC-based ramp testing/diagnostic


The KAPTURE CVR/FDR meet the following qualifications:

  • TSO-C123c, Cockpit Voice Recorder Systems
  • TSO-C124c, Flight Data Recorder Systems
  • TSO-C155b, Recorder Independent Power Supply
  • TSO-C177a, Data Link Recorder Systems
  • EUROCAE ED-112A, Minimum Operational Performance Specification for Crash Protected Airborne Recorder Systems
  • DO-160G (Rotorcraft and fixed wing vibration)
  • DO-178C, Level D
  • RTCA/DO-254 DAL D

Flight Archive Ground Maintenance Tool

UA's new, versatile Flight Archive Ground Maintenance Tool allows for faster data and audio downloads and field-loadable software updates with the KAPTURE CVR/FDR. The PC-based program can also be used to perform several maintenance and testing functions.

The interface uses an Ethernet connection between the CVR/FDR and the PC running the Flight Archive application. Flight Archive's current version runs on Windows 7 or newer (32-bit or 64-bit) operating systems with a 1 GHz CPU and 2 GB RAM.

Paired with improved download speeds from the CVR/FDR itself, and removing the need for a Quick Access Recorder (QAR), operators gain significant savings in time and maintenance costs.

For more information about Flight Archive or to obtain a copy of the program, please contact your UA Regional Sales Manager.