Flight Test Instrumentation

Flight Test InstrumentationWhether for use on-board military or civil aircraft, missiles, or space launch vehicles, reliable and rugged Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI) is a vital for a successful test campaign.

With over 45 years of experience our partners, Safran Data Systems, design and build FTI that performs reliably in the most challenging environments and meets the ever evolving needs in the aerospace industry.

Their equipment is the first choice with customers worldwide including Airbus, BAE Systems, Empire Test Pilot School, Leonardo Helicopters, MBDA, QinetiQ, and Rolls-Royce.

Modern Data Acquisition Units (DAU) will condition measurements from a variety of sensor including temperature, pressure, accelerometers, and strain gauges, etc., combine with aircraft bus and video, to broadcast over ethernet to a data recorder, telemetry transmitter, and or airborne computer for cockpit display.

Specialised wireless DAUs are now also available for use on helicopters. These can be fitted atop the rotor to transmit strain gauge and accelerometer measurements to an onboard recorder.

Our Modular Data Recorders (MDR) can act as a standalone DAU and data recorder combined, or can be used in combination with a DAU to extend the channel count, allowing a network of small DAUs to be deployed in the more remote and environmentally inhospitable areas of the aircraft.

Both Data Acquisition Units and Recorders are available as commercial off-the shelf (COTS) systems, and are non-ITAR. A specialist non-COTS version of DAU are available for missile testing.

Our FTI passes through MIL spec environmental stressing and QA testing to meet and exceed AS9100 before shipping.


Flight Test Instrumentation - Data Acquisition System

Modular DAU for flight test instrumentation from Safran Data Systems. The XMA is a modular system with options for multiple analogue and digital input data streams, with output formats including PCM Ch4, IRIG-106 Ch10 and IENA.

Flight Test Instrumentation - Data Acquisition System

Modular DAU designed specifically for mounting to the rotor head of a helicopter and flight proven with the Airbus RACER. Has the features of the XMA, and is powered by an inductive link.

Flight Test Instrumentation - Data Acquisition System

The DATaRec® MDR family from Safran Data Systems continues to set the standard in flight test data recording.  With a wide range of AnalogueDigital Input & BusVideoHybrid, and Storage modules, the MDR is one of the most flexible and versatile flight test data recorders available.

Flight Test Instrumentation - MDR-GT Data Acquisition System

Canister style architecture and a mainframe build upon MDR technology provide the flight test engineer with a flexible configuration for almost all flight test applications and requirements. Extend wih addition MDR-GT or XMA data acquisition units.

Flight Test Instrumentation - Distributed Data Acquisition System

A distributed data acquisition system can be created on an Ethernet backbone with XMA DAUs in remote locations on the aircraft, sending data back to an MDR or MDR-GT for recording.

Flight Test Instrumentation - Telemetry Transmitter

A telemetry transmitter is typically used to transmit recorded flight test instrumentation data and data buses to a ground station in order to facilitate near real time visualisation and replay for situational awareness and remote monitoring of a flight trial.

Flight Test Instrumentation - eZ Software Suite

eZ is software suite for monitoring, configuration & checking of SDS on-board telemetry products & systems.





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