February 26, 2014
Credit: Airbus Helicopters
Airbus has pledged to make flight data and cockpit image recorders standard equipment across its helicopter family.
While flight data recorders are already standard equipment in the company’s large and medium helicopters, they are not mandatory on light single and light twin-engine helicopters. In 2008, the company announced plans to fit Appareo System’s Vision 1000 flight data collection and cockpit imaging system onto the AS350 Ecureuil/ASTAR family of helicopters, and more recently, onto the EC130 T2.
But at Heli-Expo 2014, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury pledged that such systems would be installed across the entire family, with a plan to implement the move by 2015.
“By mid-2015, all civil helicopters will be delivered with a cockpit image recorder or a cockpit voice data recorder,” Faury said at the company’s press conference on Feb. 25. “This is a major decision,” he added.