Eddie Sez:

As strange as it may seem, one of the things I miss about military aviation was the flight evaluation pyramid. In theory, you have a group of flight examiners checking everyone at the squadron level, followed by the next level checking them, all the way to the top; the top guy is checked by the bottom guy to keep everything honest. Of course the top guy never really gets an honest check but that's the way it is supposed to work. (As the top guy I once sailed through the evaluation and overheard the bottom guy say, "Now I get to keep my job.")

Here in the corporate civilian world I crave outside evaluation and don't feel like we really get that with our once every 6 month 61.58, or even with the 135.293/297 back when I got those.

That's why I jumped at the chance for the G450 Flight Operations Risk Management System (FORMS). Now I get an honest appraisal of how I am doing and the peer pressure to do things right has always been a strong motivator. I recommend it.

By the way, the "S" is alternately called System and Service in the literature.

Some of this comes from the Gulfstream presentation listed in the References below, but most comes from piecing together e-mails setting everything up.

Gulfstream C-FORMS

[Gulfstream Flight Operations Risk Management Service (FORMS) Presentation]

Getting the Data

The data comes from the flight data recorder and is stored on the Micro Quick Access Recorder (QAR)

Video of this process: QAR Download.

Micro QAR Download

  1. Remove LEER upper panel.
  2. Remove LEER lower panel.
  3. Connect Toughbook to uQAR with USB cable.
  4. Boot up the Toughbook.
  5. Open uQAR icon.
  6. Use default settings:
    1. Extract and Process
    2. Full Dump
    3. Packed Frames
  7. Extract
  8. Name extracted data with date extracted

Data to USB Drive

  1. C: Drive.
  2. Program Files.
  3. L3 Com.
  4. uQAR.
  5. Drag files to USB Drive

Sending the Data

You will need a copy of the data collection program, WASABI, available from Gulfstream. (It is currently only available for Windows platforms.

Make sure your USB drive is accessible to the computer.

Open the Wasabi program and select your aircraft from the Aircraft ID drop down box. Select "Collect File(s)" or "Collect Folders" then navigate to the USB drive. The system will upload the files and let you know when it is done.

Accessing the Data

Use https://www.efoqa.com/ to access your data. The User Name and Password are assigned by Gulfstream.


Gulfstream Flight Operations Risk Management Service (FORMS) Presentation, undated