Automatic Deployable Flight Recorder (ADFR)

The ADFR is a combined cockpit voice, flight data, data link and image recorder and Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT).  The ADFR is Leonardo DRS’ response to ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System (GADSS) requirements for Distress Tracking and Timely Recovery of Flight Data.


A GADSS Compliant Solution
  • Automatic Deployable Flight RecorderProvide timely detection of a downed aircraft to Search and Rescue (SAR) authorities
  • Provide timely, accurate location of end of flight and post-flight Homing
  • Support effective and efficient SAR operations to rescue passengers
  • Enable timely retrieval of flight recorder data in all crash scenarios
  • Recover flight data without the need for underwater recovery


Combines Everything Into One Box
  • Flight Data Recorder (FDR) - records last 25 hours of data
  • Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) - records last 25 hours of audio
  • Flight Crew-Machine Interface (FCMI) - records last two hours of FCMI (optional)
  • Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) - 406 and 121.5 MHz signals with autonomous Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) position encoding
  • All housed in a single, crash survivable Automatic Deployable Flight Recorder (ADFR)


ADFR Systems are Crash-Protected
  • ED-112A minimum operational performance specification for crash protected airborne recorder system
  • Federal Aviation Administration Technical Standard Orders (TSOs) - CVR: TSO-C123c / FDR: TSO-C124c / ELT: TSO-C126b - 406 MHz
  • European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA): CAT.GEN.MPA.210 ‘Location of an aircraft in distress - Aeroplanes’


Designed to Provide Added Survivability and Recoverability
  • Maximize data survival with dual-combi recorder installation
  • ADFR provides all of the data, all of the time
  • Avoids direct impact forces and fire intensity
  • Avoids being ensnared within wreckage
  • Quickly recoverable in all crash scenarios (land / water / remote locations)
  • Floats on water indefinitely - no underwater recovery
  • Invaluable for Polar route and free flight incidents
  • Immediate localization of aircraft and survivors