Flight Data Monitoring (FDM), Flight Data Analysis (FDA) and Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) are key elements of the Safety Management System (SMS).
ArCon stands for ARINC CONVERTER.
By default, most of FDR and QAR systems are recording flight data information and continuously store them into a single container. And on top of that the resulting binary file is encoded in order to force the client to buy additional specific software from the FDR or QAR manufacturer to read the information.
One container may include 10 to 400 flights as one single long record.
In order to process such information, it is necessary to separate this one long file into one file per flight leg,
When the client is operating a fleet with aircraft equipped with various models of FDR and QAR the exercise of data download and preparation to send to the FDA-FOQA application can quickly become cumbersome.
View of channels - example
The channels on the screenshot are actually 1,9,17
Managing this binary implies file conversion.