decodes the raw Flight Data Recorder (FDR
commonly called "black box")
file for American Airlines Flight 77 (AAL77) included by the US
Transport Safety Board (NTSB) on CDROMs provided in response to FOIA
(Freedom of Information Act) requests for information regarding the
events of September 11th 2001.
The program allows you to selectively
parts of the FDR
generate a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file containing the selected
information. The first line of the CSV file contains the parameter
and it can be opened by various programs including Microsoft Excel and
the NTSB provided CSV files generated from the FDR file which
were also included on the CDROMs, I have created this program so that
parameters can be selectively included in the CSV files resulting in
with fewer columns and also to decode some information not included in
the NTSB CSV files.
I have only included some parameters in this program. However there are
many more listed in the
NTSB's American Airlines Flight 77 FDR Report
and in the data frame layouts in
if there are any more which you would
like to see included.
can download output files generated by the program from here.
As I am providing this program free of charge, it is provided as is.
I take no responsibility for what the program does or doesn't do.
However, you can email
feedback to me (Warren Stutt).
You can download and install
using Microsoft Internet Explorer from here
A Change Log detailing the changes in different versions is available here
There is a help page
on using the program. You
can also press F1 when the program is running to bring up the same help
In the interests of transparency in showing that the program is really
generating its output from the raw FDR file, you can download the C# source code
used Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Express Edition to create it. You can
look at the .cs
source files using any text editor, and you can download the
Visual C# 2010 Express Edition from Microsoft
it. Alternatively, you may be able to get a DVD with the Visual Studio
Express Editions from your local Microsoft sales office.
Alternatively I have also written an AAL77 FDR Decompressor
program which is based on this program, but which is much shorter.
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