Posted by John McHaleGRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, 9 June 2010. Sagem Avionics and Cape Air of Hyannis, Mass., announced that they have signed an agreement for flight data analysis (FDA) services. Beginning with the ATR fleet of aircraft, Sagem will support Cape Air's Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) program by processing flight data recorded onboard the aircraft. Sagem will use the same software program that is used in the other FDM programs, the Analysis Ground Station (AGS), which includes lessons learned from FOQA users. Cape Air will receive clear indications regarding flight safety issues, allowing for enhanced flight safety and efficiency, Sagem Avionics officials say. The Sagem Auxiliary Flight Data Acquisition Unit (AFDAU) will be used to collect data on standard PC cards. The data will be analyzed to detect unsafe and abnormal operations. The information provided will also be used to prove the effectiveness of pilot training programs. "Sagem's experience and reputation on ATR aircraft combined with FOQA know-how made selecting the AGS an easy choice for us," says Tammie Irwin, Cape Air director of safety and compliance. "Sagem's commitment to the success of our program and ability to make the leap into FOQA as easy as possible, are key factors in our decision."