CAPACG and AvConnect have completed the first-ever detailed analysis of Garmin G1000 flight data for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). The study is associated with an FAA-funded research project — the General Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing Research Project — through the Center for General Aviation Research. The ultimate goal is to improve the safety and efficiencies of general aviation aircraft operating in the National Airspace System.
The primary research objective of the detailed analysis was to determine the feasibility of Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) event analysis using recorded Garmin G1000 flight data in a collegiate flight-training environment. The data-logging feature of the G1000 avionics system records 64 parameters once every second without the addition of a costly lightweight aircraft recording system. Garmin and other manufacturers are beginning to include data-logging features in many new integrated avionics systems.
According to CAPACG CEO Larry McCarroll, “the outcome of this research further validates the strength of thoughtful flight data analysis and the capabilities of emerging technologies — both airborne and ground-based — to improve flight safety.”
Event analysis compared recorded flight data to pre-defined FDM events covering both flight safety and maintenance events. For this study, event analysis required the development of a new software tool to parse over 4,000 flight hours of data, officials noted. CAPACG and AvConnect collaborated on the development of a new cloud-based computing and storage system for all of the research data. The production version of the AvConnect analysis tool has the capability of processing over 100 hours of flight data/sec.
Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, CAPACG is a consulting firm and systems integrator focused on helping hardware and software companies develop products specifically for the General Aviation FDM market.
AvConnect provides an online solution built to streamline and simplify aircraft ownership; connecting pilots and owner/operators to their service center, maintenance manager, fellow pilots, and OEM through online and mobile applications.
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