College of Aviation

Flight Data Monitoring : General Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing

The goal of this research project is to develop an information system capable of collecting, archiving, and disseminating data recorded by flight data monitoring (FDM) devices installed in general aviation (GA) aircraft from various constituents of the GA community.  The research also determines the proper protocols for operating the information system and develops software tools to enhance the data usage.  The intention will be to transfer the information system, data, and software tools developed under this research to a neutral party (such as a nonprofit research institution, college or university, or a GA trade association).  The information system, data, and software tools shall also be available to all GA operators, manufacturers, researchers, the US government, etc. for the purpose of improving the safety and efficiency of GA.  Anyone participating in this research project must identify any data that it considers proprietary or otherwise covered by disclosure restriction.


David Esser Dr. David Esser


Aeronautical Science

Dr. Esser was a member of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Flight Department from 1981 to 1995, and has been a member of the Aeronautical Science Department since that time.

Joseph Maynard Joseph Maynard

Graduate Student Researcher