POLARIS Suite

Leading the way to higher standards in flight safety
Flight Data Services offer a world-leading flight data analysis service advanced by POLARIS technology. Simply put, POLARIS is an innovative web and mobile platform developed by us, and leads the way to higher standards in flight safety.

Flight Data ConverterFlight Data PlotterFlight Data TransferFlight Data AnalyzerFlight Data CleanserFlight Data Parameter TreeFlight Data LibrariesFDS Frame Format SpecificationPOLARIS Standard Naming ConventionPOLARIS File Format Specification

Flight Data Converter converts word aligned ARINC 573/717 into meaningful engineering units.
Features

Converts data from its raw state into engineering data
Once converted, you can plot graphs and examine the data

Input files

Word aligned ARINC 573/717 data
A frame format file which defines how to read the flight data file

Output file

The output is an HDF file (an open standard) holding all of the converted parameter records.
Provided alongside FlightDataConverter is LFLValidator, a syntax and error checker for FlightDataConverter frame format configuration files.
It also offers optional integration with WingIDE.

Frame Format Specification

Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License and available as a free download to Flight Data Community members.

FlightDataParameterTree has been released under the Open Software License v3.0 uses open standards, and is included in the POLARIS-Suite.
Freeware Github
FlightDataPlotter is a development tool to aid the creation of FlightDataConverter frame fomat configuration files. As new parameters are configured they can be instantly re-plotted upon file save.
FlightDataParameterTree has been released under the Open Software License v3.0 uses open standards, and is included in the POLARIS-Suite
Freeware Github
FlightDataTransfer supports all common media and flight data formats, combines advanced data recognition algorithms with secure, reliable web transfer protocols to provide the robust solution for your flight data collection needs.

Supported flight data formats

AMS Afirs
Avionica miniQAR MkII, miniQAR MkIII, RSU-II & avSYNC
L3 Madras, F1000, FA2100 & microQAR
Flight Data Systems HHMPI
Flight Data Vision SSQAR
Honeywell HHDLU & FDAMS
Penny&Giles OQAR & PQAR
Sagem DFDUAs & FDIMUs
Teledyne QARs & WGL
Thales EQAR

FlightDataCleanser is a patented technology and used internally by Fligth Data Services to improve the quality of the FDM/FOQA services used by our customers and is not included in the POLARIS-Suite but can be licensed from FDS.
Licensed
Flight Data Analyzer is a tool for analysing

Overview
Fligth Data Services have been developing FlightDataAnalyzer and its associated technologies since 2009. We believe we have created the most advanced Flight Data Analysis System in the world today.
Traditionally Flight Data Analysis software uses complex algorithms to identify exceedances. These algorithms are time consuming to manage, do not take advantage of new technologies and do not suit benchmark comparisons with other operators.

Features

Flight phase detection
Split flight data into multiple flight segments
Calculates derived parameters, such as rate of climb
Creation of flight attributes, such as take off and landing runways
Establishes key point values (KPV) in the flight, e.g. point of touch down
Allows full access to the algorithms, meaning you have the ability to read, develop and create new algorithms
You can build new key point values and share these with the community
Output analysis results in HDF , CSV and KML.

Key Point Values (KPVs)

FlightDataAnalyzer makes use of Key Point Values (KPVs). KPVs are a parameter value at an instance in time. The FlightDataAnalyzer typically looks at the maximum value of the parameter or it may be the duration of a parameter value over the set limit.
KPVs are recorded for all flights enabling trending of flight characteristics across many flights, enhancing your understanding of your operation. Furthermore, you can compare your KPVs against other operators to facilitate data sharing and conduct operator benchmark comparisons.

Freeware

FlightDataAnalyzer has been released under the Open Software License v3.0 uses open standards, and is included in the POLARIS-Suite .
The FlightDataAnalyzer Quick Start Guide is also available as a free download to Flight Data Community members.

Parameter & KPV Naming Convention Specification

The FlightDataAnalyzer Parameter and KPV Naming Convention Specification is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License and available as a free download for Flight Data Community members.


FlightDataParameterTree has been released under the Open Software License v3.0 uses open standards, and is included in the POLARIS-Suite . Freeware Github
FlightDataCleanser is an add-on for the FlightDataAnalyzer.

Features

Filters ARINC signals
Masks data spikes and parameters outside of operational ranges
Performs parameter correlation tests and expected value analysis

FlightDataCleanser is a patented technology and used internally by Fligth Data Services to improve the quality of the FDM/FOQA services used by our customers and is not included in the POLARIS-Suite but can be licensed from FDS
Licensed
FlightDataParameterTree is a web application which runs on your computer to graphically display the dependency tree diagram used during processing of derived parameters by the FlightDataAnalyzer.

Description

Using the dependency tree stored within the HDF file after analysis, the FlightDataParameterTree is able to display each derived parameter’s dependencies in an interactive graph.
The dependency tree is the central component of the FlightDataAnalyzer , using graph theory to establish relationships between all the derived algorithms (derived phases, flight phases, key point values, etc.)
A breadth first search algorithm is used to establish the processing order of the algorithms, ensuring the optimal number of dependencies are available for analysis.
The FlightDataParameterTree helps one to understand which dependencies where determined as unavailable during analysis of a data file.

FlightDataParameterTree has been released under the Open Software License v3.0 uses open standards, and is included in the POLARIS-Suite Freeware Github
FlightDataAccessor and FlightDataUtilities are supporting libraries used by the other tools in the POLARIS-Suite .

FlightDataAccessor

Provides a high-level interface for HDF files containing flight data
Write and join segment

FlightDataUtilities

A collection of tools used in various projects, including FlightDataConverter , FlightDataAccessor and FlightDataAnalyzer .


FlightDataParameterTree has been released under the Open Software License v3.0 uses open standards, and is included in the POLARIS-Suite Freeware Github

Frame Format Specification

The FDS Frame Format Specification determines the structure of the Logical Frame Layout (LFL) configuration file which is used to convert the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) raw data file in ARINC 717/573 into meaningful engineering units by the Flight Data Converter. The parameters defined within this document must adhere to the POLARIS Standard Naming Convention below.

ARINC 767

ARINC 767 (as seen on the B787) is supported by the Flight Data Converter but the configuration files are quite different and are not covered in this specification. For further information on the ARINC 767 decoding, please contact Flight Data Services.

For consistency across a wide range of aircraft, Flight Data Services have adopted a naming convention which reduces ambiguity and is easy to read. The naming convention covers the basic structure of the parameter names used within the LFL configuration file and the Flight Data Analyzer.


This document is intended for anyone who wishes to supply flight data in a HDF5 file and specifies how the data should be arranged to be compatible with the POLARIS system.

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