The first prototype of a new combined solid state flight data (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) has been delivered by AlliedSignal to Eurocopter for installation on the company's EC135 helicopter.

The combined recorder has been developed for general aviation aircraft and helicopters where weight and space is critical. The unit, which replaces separate solid state CVR and FDRs which are now in use, weighs 4kg (9lb) and provides 1h of cockpit audio and 10h of flight data.

Developed by Washington-based AlliedSignal Electronic and Avionics Systems, the recorder is one of a new family of recorder products called the AR series. Others include compact solid state CVR and FDRs.

Source: Flight International