Friday, February 23, 2007

Come Fly With Me

That iPod we only talked about this week has now found its way into the cockpit of small planes and is about to become a flight data recorder (FDR), more commonly known as "black box."

The Journal ‘Flight’ reports that light aircraft maker LoPresti Speed Merchants is adding the ability to use an iPod as a flight data recorder to its Fury piston aircraft.

The airplane will include an iPod dock connector, and will be able to send data to the iPod for storage. What this systems typically collect includes system monitoring information and data for post-flight analysis. LoPresti describes its iPod FDR as "the first truly portable, personal flight recorder with a huge recording capacity."

No doubt it will be playing Frank Sinatra’s classic as it soars into the clouds..