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CVR/FDR | Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorders

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Fifth Generation Recorders

Universal Avionics’ fifth generation line of Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorders (CVR/FDR) includes five model options for a customized CVR, FDR, or combination Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) solution. To provide a backup power source in the event of a main power failure, the CVR and CVFDR models offer a patented internal Recorder Independent Power Supply (RIPS) option.

The CVR and CVFDR models provide 120 minutes of cockpit voice and ambient audio recording, as well as 120 minutes of non-audio recording (UTC, rotor speed, data link messaging). The FDR and CVFDR models record at least 25 hours of flight data and interface with common tools to allow quick downloads of data from virtually any aircraft between flights. The FDR and CVFDR also feature an Ethernet interface for on-aircraft data downloading.

The CVR/FDRs were developed in compliance with the rigorous testing and crash survivability standards stipulated by the FAA and other aviation authorities around the world and includes MOPS ED-112 compliance.


Sixth Generation KAPTURE™ CVR/FDR Models

Learn more about UA's KAPTURE Sixth Generation CVR/FDR models here. KAPTURE CVR/FDR models are designed for operators seeking a recording solution that meets all of the latest certifications and requirements, including MOPS ED-112A compliance and EASA's 2021 25 hour CVR mandate.

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  • Specifications
  • Qualifications
  • Data Analysis Providers

Fifth Generation CVR/FDR Product Models

  • CVFDR-145 (Combined CVR and FDR unit)
  • CVFDR-145R (Combined CVR and FDR unit with embedded RIPS)
  • CVR-120A (Baseline CVR)
  • CVR-120R (CVR with embedded RIPS)
  • FDR-25 (Baseline FDR)



  • Size: 6.1 in. (H) x 4.9 in. (W) x 8.0 in. (D)
  • Weight:
    • With RIPS: 8.6 lbs.
    • Without RIPS: 8.0 lbs.
  • Power: 28 VDC/115 VAC
  • Mounting: Circular connector, bolt-down mount


Recorder Independent Power Supply (RIPS)

  • Optional backup power allows the CVR / CVFDR to record data for 10 minutes +/- 1 minute after a power fail


Voice/Data Stored in Solid-State Flash Memory


Recording Times

  • 120 Minutes of cockpit voice and ambient audio (CVR, CVFDR)
  • 25 Hours of flight data (minimum) (FDR, CVFDR)
  • 120 minutes of non-audio (UTC, rotor speed, data link messaging) (CVR, CVFDR)


Maintenance on Condition Yields Lower Cost of Ownership

  • No requirement for periodic maintenance (excluding Underwater Locator Beacon)


ARINC 757 Compatible Recorded Inputs

  • Three crew microphones
  • One area microphone
  • Helicopter rotor speed
  • UTC or FSK time
  • Data link ARINC 758


ARINC 717 Flight Data Recording

  • Additional data storage beyond 25 hours


Control Unit Options

  • DZUS mount or remote CCU


Test Set

  • PC-based ramp testing/diagnostic


The Fifth Generation CVR/FDR meet the following qualifications: 

  • TSO-C123b, Cockpit Voice Recorder Systems
  • TSO-C124b, Flight Data Recorder Systems
  • TSO-C155, Recorder Independent Power Supply
  • TSO-C177, Data Link Recorder Systems
  • EUROCAE ED-112, Minimum Operational Performance Specification for Crash Protected Airborne Recorder Systems
  • FAA Revisions to Cockpit Voice Recorder and Digital Flight Data Recorder Regulations; Final Rule
  • DO-160F
  • DO-178B, Level D
  • RTCA/DO-254 DAL D