NTSB Calls for Cockpit Image Recorders

 - February 1, 2007, 5:57 AM

The NTSB, which has long called for the FAA to require cockpit voice recorders on smaller turbine airplanes, is now calling for the installation of so-called “video image recorders.” Such recorders obtain not only audio information like that from CVRs and event data like that from FDRs, but also information about the environment outside the cockpit window. If the FAA were to adopt the Safety Board’s recommendations, image recorders would be required in all Part 91, 135 and 121 turbine aircraft manufactured after Jan. 1, 2007, that are not equipped with an FDR. Until image recorders are certified, the Safety Board said that CVRs should be required in all turbine aircraft that have the “capability of seating six or more passengers.” All turbine aircraft manufactured before Jan. 1, 2007, that are not equipped with a CVR should retrofit an image recorder by Jan. 1, 2007, according to the recommendation. The NTSB also wants, all turbine aircraft manufactured before Jan. 1, 2007, not equipped with an FDR to be retrofitted with an image recorder by Jan. 1, 2010.