Russian carrier Utair has selected wireless mini Quick Access Recorders (QAR) from Avionica to reduce maintenance workload and meet flight data collection requirements from the Civil Aviation Authority of Russia.
The miniQARs will be installed in the airline’s fleet of 43 Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft, with deliveries currently taking place. According to Avionica parent company GE Aviation, the miniQARs require minimal setup and configuration requirements, and can also be transitioned to new aircraft in the future if required.
Utair operations director Andrey Semenov says the airline chose the miniQAR after a feasibility study that determined the product would provide lower cost of ownership, real time data availability for flight analytics and maintenance troubleshooting.
According to John Mansfield, chief digital officer, GE Aviation, the miniQAR will help Utair streamline its processes, increase the amount of available, usable data and reduce workload for its maintenance and engineering teams.
GE Aviation purchased an equity stake in Avionica last year to form a joint venture, which enables the combination of Avionica’s flight data management products with GE’s analytics and digital products. According to GE, more than 9,000 of Avionica’s wireless QARs have been delivered worldwide and the company has earned supplemental type certificates on more than 300 models of commercial, business and general aviation aircraft.