Airborne Image Recording Systems

Appareo’s Vision 1000 gives you serious Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) data in a small package that can be utilized on any aircraft

 Vision 1000


Appareo’s flagship Airborne Image Recording System (AIRS), the Vision 1000, is a flight data recorder that can be easily installed for retrofit in a single day. With the Vision 1000, you can obtain concrete performance and safety data, qualify for reductions in insurance premiums, collect critical troubleshooting data for maintenance, and demonstrate your safety commitment to customers and passengers.

Data is easy to offload from the flight data recorder using an SD card. This data can then be monitored, analyzed, and played back using Appareo’s suite of FDM/FOQA software tools, which are the easiest flight data monitoring software tools to use on the market today.

Information Captured:


  • Cockpit images
  • Intercom system audio for crew and air traffic control (ATC) communications (optional)
  • WAAS GPS (latitude, longitude, ground speed, vertical speed, GPS altitude, etc.)
  • Attitude data (pitch, roll, yaw, etc.)
  • Acceleration data (G forces)
  • Rates of rotation

Click here for a partial list of aircraft the Vision 1000 has been installed on.

Note: ALERTS software is now called Appareo EnVision.
Initially a joint development with Airbus Helicopters, Vision 1000 gives any operator the ability to benefit from a comprehensive FDM program.
The safety team at Airbus Helicopters uses this video in its Training Center’s pilot and maintenance classes. It explains how the system captures images, audio, and inertial data to support a proactive flight data monitoring program.

The video has been shared at the NTSB’s Training Academy, the FAA’s Transportation Safety Institute, and safety symposiums around the country.

Replay Flights with Appareo Flight Analysis Software

Appareo’s flight analysis software uses your recorded flight data to recreate the 3D world in which your flight took place. If your flight data is captured by the Vision 1000, the analysis and playback utilizes your GPS coordinates as well as 15 other internally-recorded parameters.

How It Works

First, the software reaches out to Appareo servers to retrieve terrain data from our proprietary global terrain database. It then uses the best available public sources of imagery to stretch satellite imagery over the 3D view of the earth’s topography it created. With the world constructed, the software then creates a flight path through the 3D world, allowing you to view the flight from any position around the aircraft.

Beyond the construction of the synthetic 3D environment, Appareo’s flight analysis software also provides synthesized instrumentation and a 3D representation of FAA-published obstacles and approaches to enhance your flight analysis. Additionally, any events identified in Appareo EnVision, our online FOQA/FDM software suite, are automatically flagged in the flight recreation so you can jump to that point in the animation and relive the FOQA event.

Playback Utility

For customers with an Appareo flight data recorder that also captures cockpit image and audio data, such as the Vision 1000, the Playback Utility allows for synchronization of the cockpit image/audio with the 3D recreation of the flight from data.

This truly superior flight recreation experience allows Appareo customers to jump to event locations, see what the pilot was experiencing, the control inputs that resulted from those experiences, and the 3D recreation of the aircraft behavior as a result. This is one of the most comprehensive flight recreation experiences in the world today, and a powerful tool for incident investigations, flight training, and maintenance troubleshooting.

Watch a demo of the synched playback

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