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Flight Data Services believe we could all have safer air travel if the aviation industry had a common platform to share flight data. That's why we share our software. Flight Data Services have a policy to place key elements of their flight data analysis processes into the public domain in an effort to promote flight safety through establishment of a lingua franca. This is seen as a way to cut through arguments like “my data is incompatible with yours” and pave the way to greater cooperation, collaboration and sharing of safety information. We make aviation safety our number one priority.

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FDC
Why Two Vertical Speeds?
on February 20, 2017

Following on from last week’s blog about rates of change, it occurred to me that I should have mentioned the second computed vertical speed and explained why we have two measurements for the same thing. After all, surely the vertical speed is exactly that. Why have “Vertical Speed” and also “Vertical Speed Inertial”? Quick Look […]

FDC
Rates of Change
on February 13, 2017

One of our analysts asked if I had written a blog about how we calculate vertical speed, and I said “of course I did, ages ago”. There followed a 15-minute hunt for the subject and eventually I had to admit that it was missing, so here goes with a quick blog to plug a gap […]

FDC
Where an Aircraft Lands – Part 3
on February 6, 2017

We found out which airfield the aircraft landed at, and now need to pick the right runway. Selecting the Runway From basic flight phase analysis we know when the landing roll took place. Using the recorded heading we take the median heading during the landing roll as the direction of the runway. Note that we […]

FDC
Where an Aircraft Lands – Part 2
on January 30, 2017

My last post talked about some of the problems with finding out exactly where an aircraft lands. Now I will start to look at how the system works in practice. Pick an Airfield I will skip over the detail of how to identify the point of landing (this was covered in an earlier blog), so […]

FDC
Where an Aircraft Lands
on January 13, 2017

Some time ago I was asked to write about how the POLARIS software decides where an aircraft lands. At the time we knew of some limitations of the system and were planning to revise that part of the analysis, so it seemed sensible to hold on until that revision had been completed. These limitations have […]

FDS
Why Smoothing?
on January 5, 2017

Occasionally I have been asked why parameters in the POLARIS software are described as “Smoothed”. You will find Smoothed versions of Latitude and Longitude, Altitude STD, Gross Weight and soon to be Pitch and Roll (we are adding these to provide cosmetic improvements for visualisation displays). It’s a bit of a history lesson, so makes […]

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