Start of the Adventure
Dave Jesse on September 26, 2012

If you’re reading this, you’re joining us in Flight Data Services first ever blog post. Every adventure has to start somewhere, and here we are! A sailor can check the sails, pack the food and prepare his charts as much as he likes, but there has to be one day when he unties the yacht and leaves the harbour. No matter how well planned the journey is, he will have to respond to changes in the wind and weather, but with a sturdy yacht he will be sure to reach his destination.

Writing this blog feels like the start of an adventure. We set out some years ago to write some software and we’re now at the point to come out of the shadows and show the world what we’ve been doing. If this idea is right, we’ll continue our adventure and we hope some of you may join us along the way.

What is flight data?

Let’s start with the basics. What is Flight Data? We’re talking about the data that’s recorded in a flight data recorder – or “black box” as it’s commonly referred to. This flight data is also stored on a second recorder, so it can be taken off the aircraft without disturbing the black box data.

So why do we analyse flight data? The data is used for three primary purposes; safety, maintenance and fuel economy. Our particular emphasis is on flight safety and we can help aircrew and aircraft owners to fly safely by pinpointing the particular hazards they face. It may be slippery runways in the winter, pressures to meet a demanding timetable, avoiding drones over war zones or excessive demands from air traffic. There’s a lot to think about! Today’s pilots need all the help they can get, and detailed flight safety data can both spot hazards and give the safety managers the data they need to reduce these.

Our Flight Data Community

Here at Flight Data Services, we have developed a Flight Data Community. We’re not sure that the conventional approach to flight safety software is doing the best it can. We believe a mechanism that allows the safety experts in the aviation industry to work together to improve safety is needed. There are few enough working in this industry, and the safety of air passengers is best served by cooperation, not competition.

The traditional view is that flight data software is a) complicated, b) impossible for non-programmers to understand and c) proprietary (or as many believe, expensive). The Flight Data Community is aimed at providing open software that is non-proprietary, easy to understand (or as far as we can make it) and programmed in a way that encourages involvement.

So, if you’re looking to find out more about what we do, would like to learn about our Flight Data Community or perhaps you’d like to see what we do in action, visit www.flightdataservices.com or contact us on [email protected]. It would be more fun for our adventure to have friends on board. Sailing alone can be lonely.