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Paris Air Show: New cockpit voice recorder certified for T-6 trainer aircraft

20th June 2023 - 12:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


The T-6 is operated by the USAF, USN and US Army. (Photo: USAF)

The US FAA has approved installation of Curtiss-Wright's Fortress CVR25 cockpit recorder to upgrade T-6 Texan II trainer aircraft worldwide.

Scientific Research Corporation (SRC) has received a Supplemental Type Certificate from US aviation regulator the FAA for Curtiss-Wright’s Fortress flight recorder to upgrade the T-6 Texan II trainer aircraft operated by the USAF, USN and US Army. 

Curtiss-Wright is providing SRC with a variant of its Fortress CVR25 that combines a cockpit voice recorder (CVR), flight data recorder (FDR), integrated data acquisition, independent power supply and SD card quick access recorder. 

The Fortress flight recorder gives T-6 operators the ability to perform flight data monitoring, including incident event investigation, crash investigation, military flight operations quality assurance (MFOQA), and structural load analysis. 

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Following award of the STC, Curtiss-Wright and SRC, are now able to offer the Fortress CVR25 to T-6 operators seeking to modernise existing flight recorders.

Alongside the US, Shephard Defence Insight lists Canada, Greece, Iraq and Israel as operators of the T-6A/B model, while Argentina, Greece, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia and the UK fly the T-6C/D variant. Around 1,040 aircraft are in service worldwide.

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