Tucson, AZ – April 1, 2009 – Universal Avionics Systems Corporation is pleased to announce
that its new Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) with internal Recorder
Independent Power Supply (RIPS) capability will be available mid-year.
The most distinguishing feature of the CVFDR is its internal Recorder Independent Power Supply
(RIPS) option, which provides a backup power source in the event of a main power fail. Backup
power allows the CVFDR to record data for up to 10 minutes after a power fail and meets
emerging requirements for cockpit voice and digital flight data recording presented by the
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the newest FAA TSOs.
“RIPS is one of most wanted aviation safety improvements. We are very pleased to now offer the
first inexpensive solution to accommodate this 10 minute power requirement after a power loss
without the headache of maintaining batteries,” said Dan Reida, V.P. of Marketing.
The NTSB lists this back-up power source capability on its transportation safety improvements
“10 Most Wanted List”, as well as 2-hour cockpit audio recording capability. Universal’s CVFDR
meets the NTSB’s recommendations, as well as the FAA’s recently released requirements for
cockpit voice and flight data recording. According to the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM)
for Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR) and Digital Flight Data Recorders (FDR) (FAA-2005-20245),
which became Final Rule on March 10, 2008, all forward-fit CVR installations in aircraft with more
than 10 seats must have RIPS capabilities by March 2010.
The CVFDR’s internal RIPS option allows aircraft operators to meet the RIPS requirement without
the additional weight of an external RIPS unit.
The NPRM rule also requires recording of data link communications on all forward fit aircraft with
an onboard data link unit. The CVFDR records 120 minutes of data link messages sent by an
ARINC 758 Communications Management Unit (CMU) data link unit.
The CVFDR supports 25 hours of flight data recording, and interfaces with data downloader tools
that allow quick download of data from virtually any aircraft between flights.
The CVFDR also incorporates an Ethernet interface for on-aircraft flight data downloading. Boltdown
mounting eliminates extra weight and cost of rack trays. Weighing less than 9 pounds, the
CVFDR combo unit is 4 pounds lighter than Universal’s CVR-30/120 for fuel-cost savings.
Featuring five model options, the CVFDR offers a choice or combination of cockpit voice and
flight data recording capabilities, each with an internal RIPS option. With the flexibility to
customize recording capabilities, the CVFDR truly meets the needs of any aircraft operator.
The CVFDR meets the following certification and safety requirements:
• TSO-C123B, Cockpit Voice Recorder Systems
• TSO-C124B, Flight Data Recorder Systems
• TSO-C155, Recorder Independent Power Supply
• TSO-C177, Data Link Recorder Systems
• EUROCAE ED-112, Minimum Operational Performance Specification for Crash Protected Airborne Recorder Systems
• FAA Revisions to Cockpit Voice Recorder and Digital Flight Data Recorder Regulations; Final Rule
About Universal Avionics
Universal Avionics manufactures and markets an extensive line of advanced avionics equipment.
Product lines include the UNS-1 SBAS-enabled WAAS Flight Management Systems; UniLink
Communication Management Unit, the EFI-890R Flat Panel Display; a line of Flat Panel
Integrated Cockpit Displays; the Vision-1® Synthetic Vision System; the TAWS Terrain
Awareness and Warning System; the ASU chart, E-DOCS, checklist display system; Cockpit
Voice Recorders; Radio Control Units; an Engine Display System; and a host of other advanced
avionics equipment. For more information about Universal Avionics, visit www.uasc.com.
Dan Reida, VP Marketing & Product Support
3260 E Universal Way
Tucson, AZ 85756
(520) 295-2300 or (800) 321-5253
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