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FA5000 Series Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorders

Product overview

L3Harris' FA5000 family of solid-state cockpit voice and data recorders are designed for high-performance aircraft and specialized applications. The series includes a combination Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVDR), a Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and a Flight Data Recorder (FDR). Their small size and lightweight construction make them an ideal, high-performance solution for an array of civil, commercial and military aircraft and helicopters while also being ruggedized against both High Intensity Radiation Fields (HIRF) and lightning strikes. For military applications, the unit can be optionally outfitted for Night Vision Goggle (NVG) operations.

  • Digital Video Recorder
  • 64-1024 wps with optional 2048 wps
  • ARINC 429 Onboard Maintenance System (OMS) with datalink and RIPS status reporting
  • Integrated web server
  • Supports Night Vision Goggles (NVG)
  • High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) and industry-standard lightning protection

Key Features

FA5000 Cockpit Voice and Data Recorder (CVDR)

The L3Harris FA5000 Cockpit Voice and Data Recorder (CVDR) is a direct replacement for all Fairchild Model A100A, A100S and A200S Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVRs). The FA5000 CVDR is one of the industry’s best solid-state cockpit voice recorders holding a reputation as a high-performing system providing a high recording capacity at the highest quality. The cockpit voice recorder offers up to 2 hours of high-quality recording on all four channels and is designed for both civil and military aircraft.

The FA5000 CVDR has proven to be an exceptionally reliable unit in the commercial airline field, logging more than 50,000 hours of successful operation. Options include ATC datalink messaging and Onboard Maintenance System (OMS) reporting as well as supports Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for military operations. Its high reliability in the field contributes to a low cost of ownership over the life of the system.

FA5000 Flight Data Recorder (FDR)

The FA5000 Flight Data Recorder (FDR) is a high-performance solution recording a minimum of 25 hours of flight data at 64/128/256/512 or 1024 words-per-second (wps). Optional capabilities expand that capability up to 2048 wps. It is available in ½ ATR short- or long-box configurations, weighs less than 11 lb. (5 kg), consumes low power and uses common ground support equipment offering operators low cost of ownership.

The L3Harris FA5000 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. Accelerometers and installation accessories are available.

Product specifications

PHYSICAL Mount: Flange
Height: 6.58 in. (167.1 mm)
Width: 5.88 in. (149.35 mm)
Depth: 9.92 in. (251.97 mm)
Weight: 3.7 kg
Reliability: > 50,000 hrs. MTBF, calculated
POWER Requirements: 28 VDC
Consumption: 8 W optional integrated 10 mins. Recorder Independent Power Supply (RIPS)
Control Unit: 18 VDC, 25 mA short-circuit protected power source for preamplifier
RECORDING Audio: 120 mins. high-quality 4-channel recording
Datalink: 120 mins. Williamsburg V1/ V3
Data: 25 hrs. of 573/717 flight data at 64/128/256/512/1024 wps, rotor speed and time code; 2048 wps is optional
CONNECTORS Rear: 55-pin MS27497 Series II
Mating: MS27473E16F35S


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

Altitude: Operating -1,000 ft. to 55,000 ft.
Humidity: 0% to 95% relative
Waterproofing: Drip & condensing water
Vibration: Robust and high-level short duration
Penetration: 500 lb./10 ft./1⁄4-in. probe
Static Crush: 5,000 lb.
Fire Protection: 50,000 BTU/ sq. ft./hour for 60 mins. at 1100 °C; 10 hrs. at 260 °C
Impact: 3,400 g, 6.5 ms, half-sine shock wave

UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC BEACON Beacon, six-year battery and bracket supplied with unit
PRODUCT CERTIFICATION FAA TSO-C123b, C124b, C155a, C177 and C121a
COMPANY CERTIFICATION ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 Rev. C Certified


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