Flight Data Analysis

Course Description

This course covers all aspects of flight data and voice data for both accident investigation and accident prevention. Flight data challenges are independent of whether or not the aircraft is involved in an accident. The course is designed for accident investigators both generalists and those who wish to specialize in flight data analysis. It is also designed for airline flight safety specialists and FOQA/FDA analysts. The quality and quantity of information recorded on modern aircraft has made the understanding of flight data analysis the cornerstone of many accident & incident investigations and it is essential to airline safety FOQA/FDA programs. This course will touch on many specialized subjects with the intent of giving participants an overview of key issues associated with both flight and voice data.

Course Outline

  • History of Flight Recorders/Data Replay
  • Early 'High Tech' Accidents & Flight Data Issues
  • Crash Survivability
  • Quick Access Recorders
  • Swissair 111 Data Sources/Overview
  • ICAO Annex 6 and 13
  • A320 Tail Strike Example
  • CSV-ASCII vs Binary data
  • B757 Tail Strike Example
  • Audio Analysis
  • CVR Case Study
  • Flight Animation Issues
  • Radar Data Examples
  • Airport Familiarization using Flight Data
  • Image Recording
  • Telemetry
  • Evidenced Based Training

Course Administration

The Flight Data Analysis course consists of 2.5 training days (20 hours of classroom instruction). Attendees receive lecture outlines, additional reference materials and a Certificate of Completion. The classes begin daily at 0800 and end at noon on the last day. This course is accepted by the Board of Certified Safety professionals for Continuation Certification Credit. SCSI will award 2.0 CEUs to each participant who successfully completes this course.


Mike Poole, P. Eng.

Mike is a Professional Engineer with a current pilot's license and has considerable expertise in the field of flight data analysis. He chaired the Flight Recorder Working Group of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and represented Canada as the national expert panel member to ICAO's Flight Recorder Panel. He started in the field of aircraft accident investigation in 1977 and has worked for more than 20 years with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. For the last 15 years of his career at TSB, he was the head of the flight recorder and performance laboratory, which he developed for the Board. He was the Flight Recorder Group Chairman on all major accidents in Canada as well as several international accidents during his tenure as the Recorder Laboratory Head.

Mike was the owner of Flightscape before selling it to CAE in 2007 and is now the CEO of Plane Sciences, a company specializing in flight data analysis, flight recorder labs and flight animation systems.