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Airborne Image Recording System (AIRS) + Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) + Flight Data Recorder (FDR)


EAGLEi 4K Recorder - Overview

EAGLEi 4K is the most advanced Lightweight Video Camera and Flight Data Recorder on the market.  A Class C Airborne Image Recorder System (AIRS), EAGLEi 4K also meets criteria as a Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), and is compliant with HEMS flight recorder mandates including 14 CFR 135.607 for Air Ambulance Operators, meets key New Zealand Department of Conservation requirements, and the requirements of US Forest Service National Helicopter Support Services MATOC Nos. 1202SA22R9201, 1202SA22R9202, 1202SA22R9203.

Featuring cinema-quality 4K UHD video, EAGLEi 4K records video, audio, and data to hardened internal memory, plus user accessible USB 3.0 recording media.

Captures: 4K UHD Video @30fps, 2 channels of line-in audio, ambient audio, GPS data, acceleration & rotation/attitude data.

Satisfies key government requirements for a lightweight instrument, audio, and data recorder.  Perfect for Flight Training, Flight Test, Air Work, Aerial Patrol and Survey, general safety and audit-ability, and more.  Add Revenue to Flight Schools and Tours with USB3.0 media.

Fleet discounts and customizations available.  Contact Rugged Video to order now!

Now with EASA certified modifications on AS355N, Guimbal Cabri G2.

EAGLEi 4K has been installed in numerous airframes worldwide including:

  • Airbus AS350 / H125
  • Airbus AS355NP
  • Bell 407
  • Bell 206B3
  • Bell 206L4
  • Bell 204B
  • Bell 212
  • Bell UH-1H
  • Bell UH-1F
  • Boeing CH-47 Chinook
  • Erickson S-64 Skycrane
  • Eurocopter EC120
  • Guimbal Cabri G2
  • Kaman K1200 K-Max
  • MBB/Kawasaki BK117
  • McDonnell Douglas MD500
  • Pipistrel Virus SW
  • Sikorsky S-61
  • Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
  • Diamond DA20
  • Diamond DA40
  • Diamond DA42

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Capture Incredibly Detailed Data

EAGLEi 4K is built on a powerful encoding platform which can encode 4K UHD video at 30FPS, together with three audio channels, and 10Hz GPS and Attitude Data.

4K UHD Video

Records beautiful, cinema-quality video in full 4Kp30 UHD resolution.  Optionally overlay GPS and attitude data.

GPS & Inertial Data

Built-in GPS receiver and Inertial Measurement Unit capture data at 10 Hz.

Crisp Audio

Record 2 channels of crisp, clear, ground-isolated intercom audio.  Black box memory records ambient cockpit audio as well.

USB and SD Media

USB-SD Always recording to a tamper-resistant internal SD card while powered up, and for 30 seconds after power is lost.

Records simultaneously to a removable USB 3.0 flash drive for immediate access to videos and data.  Start and stop USB recordings on demand with the built-in switch, or use a remote wired trigger to control the EAGLEi 4k.

Remote Connections and Live Viewing

Remotely control USB recordings, display status, capture an external event trigger, and view your camera image on a Multi-Function Display (MFD) or dedicated monitor.

Advanced Audio

Video is only part of the experience.  EAGLEi 4K is designed to capture crisp vivid audio from various sources including: Aircraft Headsets, iPods, Amplified Microphones, more.  A built-in amplifier and audio mixer creates a balanced and professional sounding video.  Additionally, EAGLEi 4K has a built-in amplified microphone to capture ambient cockpit audio.

Intercom stereo channel separation is maintained, and ground loop isolation is built into the unit.

Connecting Aircraft AudioHEADSET

Audio cables are available for: General Aviation, Helicopter (U174), and Bose headsets.  Cables are available to connect directly to an audio panel or wiring harness.  With these cables, EAGLEi 4K will record everything you hear and say, including intercom and ATC transmissions.


Robust Data

EAGLEi 4K provides robust data logging with a built-in GPS receiver and Inertial Measurement Unit.

GPS Integration

A 10Hz GPS receiver is built into the mounting bracket for datalogging and video overlay.  The GPS antenna is attached with an push-pull SMB connector, and can also be remotely mounted for more reliable signal reception, depending on the airframe and mounting location of the EAGLEi 4K unit.

Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for Attitude Data

EAGLEi 4K features a built-in IMU to capture acceleration and angular data at up to 10Hz refresh rate.  The data is saved to an internal log file and can also be overlaid directly on the video.

Complete Control

EAGLEi 4K is a black box recorder, but thanks to the additional User USB recording media, it also offers the versatility of a user-operated 4K video camera.  With USB 3.0 video and data capture, remote control inputs, and video monitor output, EAGLEi 4K is a highly functional video and data capture system for any operation.


While EAGLEi 4K is always recording to internal memory, its unit-mounted switches and externally wired Record Start/Stop and Audio Mute switch inputs provide the operator direct control of their USB3.0 recordings.

Synchronise multiple EAGLEi 4K units to operate as a single system, or add in our compatible GPS Automation module to control recording and camera selection based on GPS location and path.

System Status

A simple, yet informative pair of LEDs on the front of the camera alert the user when USB is recording, or if there is a problem.  Wired LED drive outputs in the system interface connector also mirror the status of the LEDs on the unit; with the wired inputs and status outputs, control the camera using switches and lamps built right into the cockpit.

Internal Power Control Module

EAGLEi 4K features a robust internal power control module with a 520mAh backup battery allowing it to operate as a blackbox, as well as continue recording for a predetermined duration following loss of external power.  In addition, EAGLEi 4K accepts any standard aircraft voltage from 10-32VDC with power filtering, and reverse voltage protection, in accordance with FAA standards.  Using an intelligent charging system backup power cells are automatically recharged every time the system powers on.  Best of all, the charging system is built into every EAGLEi 4K as a standard feature.


Airframe-Specific Wiring Harnesses & Mounting Available

The standard wiring harness provides all of the I/O connections needed to connect with the aircraft.  Cabling can be built-to order for specific airframes or individual aircraft requirements.  Contact Rugged Video for more details.


Alternate Mounting Options Available

A hinged mounting bracket with longer extension arm is available, allowing for installation on a vertical surface.  Additionally, fixed right-angle, non-hinged brackets are available.  Contact Rugged Video for more details.

Video Resolution/Framerate 4Kp30 (3840×2160), 2Kp30 (2560×1440), 1080p60, 720p60
Compression/ Bitrate H.264 & H.265 Encoding (Selectable); VBR 20mbps+
Lens 126.5° horiz  |  99.5° vert  |  135° diag   —— custom lens options available
Data Overlay GPS, Inertial/Attitude data, Date/Time
Video Output Composite/Analog NTSC, PAL, 75ohm 1V p-p
Input/ Sources External: Analog Stereo, Line Level up to 8V P-P General Aviation, Helicopter (U174), Bose 6-Pin Microphone, AUX Jack Input, RCA Input, 1/4” Input, XLR input.  Input channels are buffered for compatibility with all intercom systems including 3D Audio.

Internal: Ambient Audio Microphone (Amplified)

Audio Isolation Audio inputs are ground-isolated and channel-channel isolated.  Intercom audio is captured without affecting headset audio quality.
Compression AAC 64kbps (16 kHz)
Triggers Front Panel:  USB 3.0 Record Start/Stop, USB 3.0 Audio Mute, System Reset (Inset)

Rear Connector (Harness): USB 3.0 Record Start/Stop, USB 3.0 Audio Mute, Engine Failure/General Purpose Input

Indicators Front Panel: Record, Common Fault
Rear Connector (Harness): USB 3.0 Record Status, System Common Fault (Recording, GPS, Engine, other faults)


Receiver / Antenna Amplfied GNSS antenna built into bracket.  SMB Connector for remote antenna mounting.
Sample Rate Video Text Overlay: 2Hz
KML/GPX: 1Hz, 5Hz, 10Hz
GPS Companion Files GPX  – Synced with Video.  Future support: Waypoints & JPEG Snapshots with wired trigger input
SD (Internal) 32GB Max Endurance Memory (2+ Hours Record Time @ 4K Video Resolution)
USB Up to 512GB USB 3.0
Comes standard with SanDisk Max Endurance Video Recording Memory (128GB => 8-10 hours Record Time @4K Video Resolution)
Input 10 to 36VDC  4.25W:  Compatible with all standard Aircraft DC Power Systems
Temperature Range Operation: -15°C to +70°C*    Storage: -40°C to +60°C         * Recommended max 55C to extend life of backup battery
Max Dimensions L, W, H 104.1mm x 87.4mm (97.8mm w/bracket) x 36.8mm     (4.1″ x 3.44″ (3.85″ w/bracket) x 1.45″)
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