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iPod: The New Black Box
Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 at 8:15 AM - by
Apple's iPod has found its way into the cockpit and is about to become a flight data recorder (FDR), more commonly known as "black box." Flight reports that light aircraft maker LoPresti SpeedMerchants is adding the ability to use an iPod as a flight data recorder to its Fury piston aircraft.
The first airplane with an iPod flight recorder.
The airplane will include an iPod dock connector, and will be able to send data to the iPod for storage. Although it's not clear yet exactly what data will be recorded, typically that includes system monitoring information and data for post-flight analysis.
LoPresti describes its iPod FDR as "the first truly portable, personal flight recorder with a huge recording capacity."
If the iPod as flight recorder proves successful, it may become a standard feature in other aircraft as well.
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