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FA2100 Series Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorders

Product overview

L3Harris' FA2100 family of solid-state cockpit voice and data recorders offers proven reliability and performance for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft operating in virtually all civil and military environments. These versatile systems are compact, lightweight, inexpensive to operate and provide maximum high-quality collection and storage of critical information in flight. The FA2100 is optionally available as either a stand-alone Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) or a dedicated Flight Data Recorder (FDR). For military applications, the unit can be optionally outfitted for Night Vision Goggle (NVG) operations.

Key features

FA2100 Cockpit Voice and Data Recorder (CVDR)

L3Harris' FA2100 Cockpit Voice and Data Recorder (CVDR) delivers exceptional performance and reliability with up to two hours of recording capabilities on all four channels. Its small size and lightweight engineering make it the ideal CVDR solution for an array of civil, commercial and military aircraft and helicopters.

The ruggedized Crash-Survivable Memory Unit (CSMU) is made of stainless steel, but is optionally available in lightweight titanium. The FA2100 can also be installed as a stand-alone Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) or Flight Data Recorder (FDR).

The FA2100 provides up to two hours of high-quality recording for all four channels. Or it can record a minimum of 25 hours of flight data at 64/128/256/or 512 words-per-second (wps).

The unit is ARINC 573.717/747 (data) 557- and 757- compliant. While the standard FA2100 weighs only 10 pounds, it has demonstrated incredible crash worthiness. In installations where even greater weight savings are required, the FA2100’s standard stainless steel Crash Survivable Memory Unit (CSMU) can be manufactured using lightweight titanium.

FA2100 Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR)

The L3Harris FA2100 Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) is a direct replacement for all Fairchild Model A100A, A100S and A200S Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVRs). The FA2100 provides the maximum recording capacity at the highest quality. Options include ATC data link messaging and Onboard Maintenance System (OMS) reporting. The FA2100 CVR is one of the industry’s best solid-state cockpit voice recorders and has a reputation of being a solid, high-performing system worldwide. The FA2100 CVR offers up to two hours of high-quality recording on all four channels, is designed for both civil and military aircraft, and offers Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for military operations. It requires very low power – only 12 watts (max AC) and 10.5 watts (max DC).

The FA2100 CVR has proven to be an exceptionally reliable unit in the commercial airline field, logging more than 50,000 hours of successful operation. Its high reliability in the field contributes to a low cost of ownership over the life of the system.

FA2100 Flight Data Recorder (FDR)

The L3Harris FA2100 Flight Data Recorder (FDR) has a proven MTBF record in the field, weighs in at less than 11 pounds. (5 kg) and offers documented low cost of ownership due to its simple design. The reliable FA2100 is available in ½ ATR short- or long-box configurations, consumes little power (7.5W V DC, 8.5W V AC) and uses common ground support equipment with FA2100 CVR and CVDR. Accelerometers and installation accessories are available. The L3Harris FA2100 FDR has proven itself in the Commercial Airline industry, demonstrating a mean time between failure (MTBF) of 50,000 hours. The unit is also approved for military operations under MIL-STD-1553. By demonstrating its longevity in the field, the cost of ownership over the life of the system is low.

Product specifications

FA2100 Cockpit Voice and Data Recorder (CVDR)
PHYSICAL
Size: 1/2 ATR short
Height: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
Width: 5.0 in. (12.70 cm)
Depth: 12.6 in. (32.00 cm)
Weight: 10.6 lb. (4.8 kg) maximum; 8.3 lb. optional
POWER Requirements: 115 V, 400 Hz or 28 VDC
Consumption: 13.8 W max AC; 12.3 W max DC
Control Unit: 18 VDC, 25 mA short-circuit protected power source for preamplifier
RECORDING Audio: 30 min. or 120 min. high-quality 4-channel voice and datalink recording
Datalink: 25 hrs. of 573/717 flight data at 64/128/256/512 wps, rotor speed and time code
MONITOR OUTPUT Headphone Jack: 600 Ω at the control unit; optional 8 Ω
Bulk erase: Fail-safe, double electric interlock audio memory erasure completed in 5 sec.
CONNECTORS Rear: AS81659- and ARINC 404-compliant, 57-pin single receptacle
Mating: AS81659- and ARINC 404-compliant single-insert plug
ENVIRONMENTAL

Temperature:

  • Operating -55 °C to +70 °C
  • Non-operating -55 °C to +85 °C

Altitude Operating: -1,000 ft. to 55,000 ft. (operating)
Vibration Operating: DO-160C Para 8.6.2 Category C (random)
Penetration: ED-55: 500 lb./10 ft./1/4-in. probe
Static Crush: ED-55: 5,000 lb.
Fire Protection: 50,000 BTU/sq. ft./hr. for 60 min. at 1100 °C; 10 hrs. at 260 °C
Impact: ED-55: 3,400 G, 6.5 ms, half-sine shock wave

UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC BEACON 90-day beacon, seven-year battery and bracket supplied with unit
PRODUCT CERTIFICATION FAA TSO-C123a and C124a, TSO-C123 and TSO-C124b
COMPANY CERTIFICATION ARINC 404A, 757, EUROCAE MOPS ED-55 and ED-112, ED-56A
REGULATORY SPECIFICATIONS ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 Rev. C Certified
FA2100 Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR)
PHYSICAL
Size: ½ ATR short
Height: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
Width: 5.0 in. (12.70 cm)
Depth: 12.6 in. (32.00 cm)
Weight: 10.6 lb. (4.8 kg) maximum; 8.3 lb. optional
Reliability: > 50,000 hours MTBF
POWER Requirements: 115 V, 400 Hz or 28 VDC
Consumption: 13.8 W max AC; 12.3 W max DC
Control Unit: 18 VDC, 25 mA short-circuit protected power source for control unit/microphone preamplifier
RECORDING Time: 120 min. high-quality 4-channel recording or 30 min. high-quality 4-channel recording
Channels: 4 audio input channels
Rotor Speed: 7 Hz – 6 kHz
Features: OMS and CPDLC capable
MONITOR OUTPUT Headphone Jack: 600 Ω at the control unit; optional 8 Ω
Bulk Erase: Fail-safe, double electric interlock
CONNECTORS Rear: AS81659- and ARINC 404-compliant, 57-pin single receptacle
Mating: AS81659- and ARINC 404-compliant single-insert plug
ENVIRONMENTAL

Temperature:

  • Operating -55 °C to +70 °C
  • Non-operating -55 °C to +85 °C

Altitude: -1,000 ft. to 55,000 ft. (operating)
Vibration: DO-160C Para 8.6.2 Category C (random)
Penetration: ED-55: 500 lb./10 ft./1/4-in. probe
Static Crush: ED-55: 5,000 lb.
Fire Protection: 50,000 BTU/sq. ft./hr. for 60 min. at 1100 °C; 10 hrs. at 260 °C
Impact: ED-55: 3,400 G, 6.5 ms, half-sine shock wave

UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC BEACON 90-day beacon, seven-year battery and bracket supplied with unit
PRODUCT CERTIFICATION FAA TSO-C123a, TSO C-123b, TSO-C177
COMPANY CERTIFICATION ARINC 404A, 757, EUROCAE MOPS ED-56A, RTCA/DO-160C, RTCA/DO-178B Level D
REGULATORY SPECIFICATIONS ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 Rev. C Certified
FA2100 Flight Data Recorder (FDR)
PHYSICAL

Size: 1/2 ATR short or long

SHORT VERSION LONG VERSION
Height: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
Width: 5.0 in. (12.70 cm)
Depth: 12.6 in. (32.00 cm)
Weight: 10.6 lb. (4.8 kg) maximum
Reliability: 50,000 hours MTBF
Height: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
Width: 5.0 in. (12.70 cm)
Depth: 19.6 in. (49.78 cm)
Weight: 11.2 lb. (5.1 kg) maximum
Reliability: 50,000 hours MTBF
POWER Requirements: 115 V, 400 Hz or 28 VDC
Consumption: 11.2 W max AC; 10.1 W max DC
RECORDING Data: 25 hrs. of flight data at 64/128/256/512 or 1024 wps
CONNECTORS Rear: AS81659- and ARINC 404-compliant, 57-pin dual receptacle
Mating: AS81659- and ARINC 404-compliant dual-insert plug
ENVIRONMENTAL

Temperature:

  • Operating -55 °C to +70 °C
  • Non-operating -55 °C to +85 °C

Altitude: Operating -1,000 ft. to 55,000 ft.
Vibration: Operating: DO-160C Para 8.5.2 Category C (random)
Penetration: 500 lb./10 ft./1/4-in. probe (ED-55)
Static Crush: 5,000 lb. (ED-55)
Fire Protection: 50,000 BTU/sq. ft./hr. for 60 min. at 1100 °C; 10 hrs. at 260 °C
Impact: 3,400 G, 6.5 ms, half-sine shock wave (ED-55)

UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC BEACON 90-day beacon, seven-year battery and bracket supplied with unit
PRODUCT CERTIFICATION FAA TSO-C124a, TSO-C124b
COMPANY CERTIFICATION ARINC 404A, 573/717 (64/128 wps), 747 (64/128/256/512/1024 wps), EUROCAE MOPS ED-55, RTCA/DO-160C, RTCA/DO-178B Level D
REGULATORY SPECIFICATIONS ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 Rev. C Certified

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