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Flight Data Analytics


L3Harris provides flight data analysis incorporating Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) and Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA). Through flight data analytics, we enable airlines, helicopter operators and business jet operators to make informed data-driven decisions. In collaboration with International Air Transport Association (IATA), customers can benchmark their operations to validate their operational safety against a global database.

L3Harris’ web-based platform, Flight Data Connect, provides a fast, accurate recreation of flights in graphical and 3D formats with specific actionable insights, generated by statistical models and machine learning, aligned to each customers’ defined Safety Operating Procedures. This enables effective decision-making, more personalized crew training and timely support for aircraft maintenance safety teams. As an IATA partner, the platform is the catalyst for setting global standards in aviation safety, efficiency and evidence-based training, capturing over 7,600 flights daily, and growing.


Digital aviation and analytics 

Data management in aviation primarily involves compiling information from a wide variety of sources, including aircraft interface devices (AID) and avionics systems. However, before this data can be used further, it must first be classified and encoded. This is a very complex process that our experts at L3Harris have a wealth of knowledge in and are happy to help with. 

FDM/FOQA services

Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) - also known as Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) or Flight Data Analysis (FDA) - is an aircraft safety system that regularly downloads and analyzes flight data. Through excellent data management in aviation aircraft, maintenance safety and repair needs, as well as operational risks can be identified at an early stage. FOQA is a voluntary safety program, and as such it is recognized by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).

Unlike earlier Flight Data Monitoring programs, which were mainly used to investigate an accident after it happened, modern FOQA data analysis programs are designed to prevent accidents by identifying potential risks and hazards at an early stage.  

We are a world leading provider of fully outsourced flight data systems including flight data analysis and safety services encompassing Flight Data Monitoring (FDM), Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA), safety support and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) Readout technology.

We deliver a comprehensive range of innovative flight data services which ensure you maximize operational efficiency and minimize risk. Whether you are large or small, commercial or corporate, operating fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft – we can make it happen.

The benefits of implementing an FDM/FOQA aviation program:

  • Identify significant unsafe events and take appropriate action
  • Perform trend analysis to highlight safety issues 
  • Benchmark your operation against a global database
  • Focus training in specific areas (enhanced evidence-based training)
  • Minimize Aircraft on Ground (AOG) time 
  • Improve fuel management
  • Empower maintenance with access to data within minutes of landing 
  • Enable rapid diagnosis of issues and faster release of aircraft 

Outsourcing flight data analysis to transform your operation

We believe that outsourcing is the most cost effective method of carrying out your FDM/FOQA. It supports you to reduce your overheads of recruiting and retaining expert personnel, and reduces the use of flight crew for routine office work. It also reduces the costs for software and hardware maintenance and data management in aviation.

With our flight data analysis service, you receive all the benefits of an in-house option, but you also get:

  • Continuous monitoring of safety events/exeedances adhering to tight Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Routine (non-event) flight data measurements taken for every flight for advanced analysis of normal operations and changes to the operation over time 
  • An on-hand team of highly qualified and experienced flight safety specialists performing analysis for your operation
  • Automated aircraft maintenance safety inspection alerts within one hour of download 
  • Validated events within one business day of download 
  • 24/7 technical and AOG support


To help rotary-wing operators identify and address operational risks, we offer Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) and Helicopter Flight Operations Quality Assurance (HFOQA) services. Our HFDM/HFOQA program can help identify the major hazards and risk areas of operations. It can also enhance operational, maintenance and engineering procedures, as well as overall aviation safety providing objective data that would not otherwise be available. The tools supports operators to identify the areas of concern, intervene with remedial measures, and realize a reduction in event occurrence rates. Access the fully web-based system to present detailed aircraft safety data wherever you are in the world. It includes advanced visualizations tools, which incorporate sophisticated interactive graphs, cockpit displays, 2D/3D maps of flight paths, and event clusters.

Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) Services

Our HFDM/HFOQA program can help:

• Minimize and support AOG recovery time • Determine whether SOPs are being adhered to • Perform detailed trend analysis highlighting safety issues • Enhance maintenance trending and diagnosis • Receive assistance with investigations • Reduce insurance fees & lower operational costs • Focus training efforts • Visualize specific flights of interest • Integrate operator’s data analysis with the Safety Management System (SMS)


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Case Studies

To illustrate how we've helped companies improve flight safety in their operations, we have assembled the above case studies that we think will be of interest to you. They show how skilled analysis and implementation of safety actions by trained personnel can make a real impact on safety.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you to achieve the maximum in safety while enhancing operational efficiency.

Read our Case Studies

  • Case Study 1: Stowing Takeoff Flap
  • Case Study 2: Low Speed After Takeoff
  • Case Study 3: Go Around Procedure
  • Case Study 4: Landing In Snow
  • Case Study 5: Fuel Conservation For Short-Haul Operators
  • Case Study 6: Winglets and Low Power Approaches
  • Case Study 7: Visualisation as a Debrief Tool
  • Case Study 8: Tyre Blowout on Takeoff
  • Case Study 9: Aircraft de-icing
  • Case Study 10: Late-gear retraction

Stories and press releases

Aircraft in-flight

Trade Release | 06. 22. 2022

L3Harris Receives Prestigious International Aviation Technology Achievement Award

L3Harris Technologies received Air Transport World’s (ATW) Aviation Technology Achievement award during its 48th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Award Ceremony today.

Aircraft in-flight

Trade Release | 06. 22. 2022

L3Harris Receives Prestigious International Aviation Technology Achievement Award

From left to right: Gavin Ng (General Manager of FDS Asia), Shane Lawrey (Head of Flying Operations), Clayton Nankivell (Deputy Head of Flying Ops), Rob Alexandra (Aviation Safety Manager)

Editorial | 11. 12. 2020

Flight Data Monitoring in the Outback

L3Harris has selected Spirit Aeronautics as the first distributor for Flight Data Connect and Express Readout services for North America.

Trade Release | 06. 23. 2021

Spirit Aeronautics Becomes First Distributor for L3Harris Flight Data Analysis and Verification Services

L3Harris launched Flight Safety Support Service.

Trade Release | 06. 23. 2021

L3Harris Launches Flight Safety Support Service with Flyr AS

Full Flight Simulator - Pete Tholen

Editorial | 12. 18. 2020

Data - The Future of Training

FDM/FOQA Regulations

This list provides a summary of regulations pertaining to flight data analysis. For specific information and the latest amendments and regulatory initiatives, please consult your Aviation Authority.


Frequently Asked Questions


  • Flight Data Connect Airline Brochure
  • Flight Data Connect Corporate Jets Brochure
  • L3Harris Flight Data Analysis Services Agreement Terms and Conditions

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Cockpit Voice and Data Recorders