Flight Data Monitoring (FDM), alternately Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA), is about using data recorded on your aircraft to tell you what’s happening out there. Through the collection, analysis and reporting of flight data, the safety of your operation can actually be improved. The FAA and other government agencies and industry groups are convinced of the payoff of FDM/FOQA and go to great lengths to encourage its use by operators of all types.
In addition to the safety benefits, monitoring flight data can also help you improve operational efficiency leading to cost savings. You can use it to correlate with flight logs and objectively understand more about your operation.