CEFA Aviation’s Flight Animation System (CEFA FAS) software is to be installed by the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA), the bureau of investigation and analysis for French civil aviation safety.

The CEFA FAS recreates flights using synthetic imaging based on a planes’ flight recorder and black box data as well as a wide range of investigation tools.

Rémi Jouty, Director of BEA, stated, “We chose the CEFA FAS software because it meets all our requirements. Primarily, animating the flight data will make it easier for us to communicate the results of our investigations, which is an integral part of our missions. With CEFA FAS, we will be able to create better reconstructions of the flights we analyse and understand faster what caused the problems by highlighting the sequence of the pilots’ actions and the technical incidents and faults.”

The CEFA FAS software offers over 30 cockpits and high-precision instrument displays. It can be used to recreate weather conditions down to the type of cloud and external light. Navigation maps can be incorporated, alarms and other plane noises accurately reproduced and each of the flight parameters analysed separately. With all these options, the investigators can place themselves in the shoes of the pilot to better understand the action taken.

BEA will be supplied with customised software to meet its specific requirements.