Electronic Data Recorders

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The humble “black box” has been so successful it has changed the types of incidents that now need forensic examination. Simple technical failures are rare. The overwhelming majority of aircraft black boxes will never be used for their original purpose. Quick Access Recorders and sophisticated safety management systems, however, make use of recorded data every single day and they reveal a new forensic frontier. The story begins with the origins and development of the black box. It concludes with practical guidance to help support forensic examinations of the thorniest strategic safety issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780128236789
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Avionics
  • Black Box
  • Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR)
  • Data Logging
  • Data Recording
  • Determinism
  • Flight Data Acquisition Unit
  • Flight Data Monitoring (FDM)
  • Flight Data Recorder (FDR)
  • Flight Memory Unit
  • Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA)
  • Human Factors
  • Internet of Things
  • Jet Aviation
  • Leading Indicators
  • Normal Accidents
  • On Train Monitoring and Recording (OTDR)
  • Probabilism
  • Psychological Prompts
  • Quick Access Recorder (QAR)
  • Safety Management System (SMS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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