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FDM/FOQA Explained

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We are Flight Data Services

Flight Data Services provide Flight Data Monitoring (FDM), Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) as a full analysis service to aircraft operators worldwide.   Our technology centres in the UK and USA provide a full Flight Data Monitoring & FOQA service via the internet using our web and mobile platform POLARIS.

We are a fully outsourced service, our experienced flight data analysts will validate and comment on your events – ensuring only real events are used for your flight data trending statistics.

By selecting us to monitor your aircraft, we'll help you to meet specific aviation regulatory requirements and at the same time minimise your Aircraft on Ground (AOG) time and maximise your operational efficiency.

Our innovative, tailored Flight Data Monitoring & FOQA services and applications are designed to grow as you do, and, like you, are continuously improving – introducing and leading the way in the latest flight data monitoring technologies.

Contact us today to find out how our Flight Data Monitoring and Flight Data Analysis solutions can enhance and protect your flight operations.

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FDM/FOQA Explained


Experience quick and easy transfer through innovative, feature-rich POLARIS technology. Simply insert any media into a computer running POLARIS transfer software, and your data is automatically sent for analysis, with the media prepared for re-use.

We can supply you with the data transfer hardware you need to get you up and running with an FDM programme suited to your operation.

Always on the leading edge of technology, POLARIS also supports all current wireless transfer protocols.


POLARIS uses the most advanced data analysis techniques to process raw flight data into useful information, including:

Safety event analysis identifies high risk moments in a flight

Maintenance analysis highlights maintenance manual exceedances precisely

Key Point Value (KPV) analysis provides a map of the normal operation of the aircraft, as a baseline for further analysis

Statistical presentation of events and KPVs provides greater insight into your operation

Fuel usage analysis informs your efficiency programme and emissions reporting.


Expert validation of flight events is essential to achieve the highest levels of system reliability and to understand the background context of an event. POLARIS technology provides the tools for this validation:

  • Flight lists, extensive search facilities
  • Event-specific information
  • Graphs, charts and flight displays
  • Airport and weather database to supplement the flight data

To maximise the value of your safety programme, outsource your data validation to us. Each of our highly trained, expert analysts has a wealth of aviation experience - as flight crew, navigation, engineering, dispatch or air traffic control, and is happy to provide you with the information and tools you need to make the most of your safety programme.


The POLARIS web site supports evaluation of the information extracted from the flight data. The evaluation needs to be in the context of your operation and may require blending flight data results with other information such as pilot reports, air traffic control procedures etc. to fully understand the event or statistic.

Following evaluation, you make a fully informed decision towards improving safety in your operation.

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Flight Data Services is a member of:

era Flight Safety Foundation Member United Kingdom Flight Safety Committee AFRASCO Air Safety