FDM, often referred to as flight operations quality assurance (FOQA), is the proactive analysis of routine flight data from an onboard data recorder, which allows safety managers to identify hazards and trends of flight operational ‘triggered’ events.

Compared to a traditional FOQA or FDM program designed for operators of large fleets with significant resources to process and analyze data, C-FOQA – Corporate Flight Operations Quality Assurance – are programs designed for corporate and business aviation. A C-FOQA program can provide access to aggregated, de-identified safety performance metrics and benchmarking, obtained from analyzing data from hundreds of thousands of hours of business aircraft operations.