The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to raise the minimum amount of time that all newly manufactured aircraft must record voice communications in the cockpit to 25 hours. All conversations and noises in the cockpit, including the pilots‘ voices and engine noises, are recorded by the voice recorder.
On Thursday, FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker advocated for a significant expansion in the capacity of cockpit voice recorders, citing the potential to enhance air accident investigations and prevent future incidents.
Whitaker proposed an astonishing 1,150% increase in the recording limit, emphasizing the importance of providing investigators with substantially more data to pinpoint the causes of incidents.
Following the Safety Summit in March 2023—involving over 200 safety leaders gathered to deliberate strategies for augmenting flight safety—the FAA promised to address the matter.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency would both have regulations that this rule would be in line with. Voice recorders can only store data for two hours according to current FAA regulations. The proposed rule is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register on Monday, December 4, 2023, and the public will have 60 days to comment on the proposal.