flight recorder

views updated

flight recorder (black box) Device for automatically recording data during the operation of an aircraft. Investigators analyse the data after a crash or malfunction. A small aircraft may have a simple cockpit voice recorder (CVR), which records all cockpit sounds and all radio contact with air traffic control. Larger aircraft carry a separate flight data recorder (FDR). Control settings, instrument readings and other data are recorded on magnetic wire.

About this article

flight recorder

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article Share Article