Flight Data Monitoring (FDM/HFDM)
Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA)
Baldwin believes that human and machine data are necessary to complete the full cycle of a safety management program. By incorporating both of these into a true interface enables Baldwin's clients to blend and validate their safety programs. With the use of Human Data and Machine Data, operators can act on and manage events under one umbrella. Pilots are able to provide secure feedback to FDM/FOQA gatekeepers, and the FDM/FOQA gatekeepers can investigate specific events utilizing tools within their SMS.
Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) / Flight Data Monitoring aka Management (FDM) / Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM), are all comprehensive programs for collecting, analyzing, and monitoring recorded flight data. Historically FOQA has been a statistical sampling of an organization’s fleet. The intent is to improve safety by highlighting training weaknesses or operational challenges at a very high level.
Although the primary goal of data collection is to improve safety, many have found cost savings by using the data for maintenance applications and improving pilot technique.
In 2017, Truth Data and Baldwin Aviation announced a strategic partnership to provide Flight Operation and Quality Assurance (FOQA), Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) and Safety Management Systems (SMS) services to their fixed-wing and helicopter customers.
According to Don Baldwin, President of Baldwin Aviation, “Our strategic partnership further enhances any size operator’s safety management program. Baldwin’s custom designed FOQA/FDM tools combined with Truth Data’s expertise in analyzing flight data make a powerful combination”.
According to Matt Hilton, Truth Data’s Director of Technology, “Our team has decades of experience working with fixed-wing and helicopter flight data. Our folks have put together complex FDM programs for mixed-fleet operators around the world.”
Baldwin's fixed and rotor wing customers will greatly benefit as both FOQA/FDM and SMS data is reported together in one comprehensive program at a reasonable cost. Operators will see the value immediately working from one program to connect all safety data quickly and easily. This is another step in Baldwin’s goal of providing a centralized system for safety and operations management.