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30th November 2017

FLIDAS version 3.8.0 has been released. This version offers support for PCM bit error rate tests and adds the missing IRIG 106-17 XML TMATS support.

New features in the free version:

  • CH10 Files can be opened directly by double-clicking them in the Windows Explorer (see the installation section in the manual).
  • The IRIG 106-17 XML TMATS specification has now been released by the RCC about 3 month later than the rest of the standard. FLIDAS now supports the changes.
  • A bug has been fixed to allow to connect the same TMATS P section to multiple PCM Channels in the R section.

Basic commercial plug-in:

  • A new PCM BERT Protocol Viewer checks a recorded PCM throughput Channel for conformance with a pseudo random bit stream from a bit error test. PN11 and PN15 are supported.

Data Streaming plug-in:

  • A new PCM BERT Live Display checks an incoming PCM throughput Channel from a Live Data Stream for conformance with a pseudo random bit stream from a bit error test. PN11 and PN15 are supported.

Parameter plug-in:

  • In some situations supercommutated PCM Parameters produced one value too much per minor frame. This value has been flagged as invalid before. Now the bug is fixed and the correct number of values will be created.
  • Enumeration Parameters can now also be used with their raw value for display in the Parameter Graph View and for export in the different Parameter to MATLAB Exporters.

Parameter streaming plug-in:

  • Enumeration Parameters can now also be used with their raw value for display in the Parameter Graph Live Display.

There are some other smaller bug fixes.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


20th September 2017

FLIDAS version 3.7.0 has been released. This version adapts to the IRIG 106-17 release and offers some XML CH10 mapping extensions to allow hardware and software developers creating test data for IRIG 106-17.

Since the IRIG 106-17 specification has not been completely published (the XML TMATS is delayed), all features have only been implemented without the TMATS XML 2017 support. This will most likely be added with the next version.

New features in the free version:

  • Support for network time packets (IRIG 106-17).
  • Support for streaming configuration packets (IRIG 106-17).
  • Support for fibre channel FS layer packets (IRIG 106-17). Only packet level decoding, no packet entries.
  • Support for UDP Data Streaming format 3 (IRIG 106-17).
  • Added IRIG Time Source property to normal time packets (IRIG 106-17).
  • Correction for time packets: The standard requires that packets with a time format of "None" are invalid. The time stamp in these packets is now ignored.
  • The maximum sizes of UDP packets in the UDP data streaming has been increased in IRIG 106-17. The FLIDAS preference for the default maximum reception size has been changed to work with new data stream publishers. However this comes with a performance overhead so you might want to reduce it if your publishers do not send large UDP packets. If they do and you have changed the default value in the past, then you might need to adapt your value manually to the new maximum now.
  • Added features to XML CH10 Mapping. This means the implemented XML CH10 mapping now no longer conforms to the RCC published version but extends it. The RCC only updates this about every four years but we want to keep this new technology evolving. Since the existing RCC document is solely based on our specification we will offer the extensions to the RCC but there is no guarantee that they accept it. Files valid by the official specification remain valid under the extended one. We keep a free download of the FLIDAS version implementing the official release downloadable. The new features are:
    • Network time packets (IRIG 106-17)
    • added IRIG Time Source attribute to Time Packet definition (IRIG 106-17)
    • Added version markers for IRIG 106-17
    • Intra packet time stamp generation within raw data sections
    • Corrected use of ERTC definition. Now a relative definition of ERTC reaching backward in time is possible

Basic commercial plug-in:

  • Support for alternate code complement PCM frame synchronization (IRIG 106-17).

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


13th September 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces have agreed to be published as a user of FLIDAS. They have been using it for almost a year now in their Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE). The users are however not allowed to give any personal statements due to their internal policies. Many customers sadly do not allow to be listed at all.


20th July 2017

FLIDAS version 3.6.0 has been released. This version focuses on parameter decoding for new data types: CVSD, Ethernet UDP and discretes.

Especially the CVSD audio features could only be implemented because a customer provided sample data for it. Often the implementation of new features requires samples and will be implemented in the regular versions of FLIDAS without additional payment from customers. So if there are generic feature requests that you can support with sample data, please provide it. The Ethernet UDP and discrete features were only implemented because of requests of a prospect customer also without payment.

The new features in more detail:

Parameter plug-in:

  • The PCM CSV and TMATS ICDs have been extended to support CVSD audio parameters.
  • CVSD audio can be replayed from CH10 files to the speakers.
  • CVSD audio can be exported to wave files.
  • There is a new CSV ICD format for discretes. In results this data type can be used with all parameter based features.
  • There is a new CSV ICD format for UDP on Ethernet. In results this data type can be used with all parameter based features. Since UDP is not defining anything about the layout of avionics data please consult the manual of what can be achieved with it. It is intended to reach the same amount of flexibility as with TMATS definitions for Ethernet parameter decoding. Send feature requests if you need more.

Parameter streaming plug-in:

  • CVSD audio can be replayed from a live data stream to the speakers.
  • The PCM parameter decoding on Live Data Streams now supports supercommutation as well.

Basic commercial plug-in:

  • Exporting of discrete raw data to CSV files.
  • PCM to CSV raw data exporting can now include lines for the loss of minor frame synchronization (on PCM throughput mode)
  • The PCM packet entry view now includes lines for the loss of minor frame synchronization (on PCM throughput mode)

Free version:

  • A new manual section (in the Data Streaming reference) covers the analysis of data stream problems. Data streams strongly depend on preconditions external to FLIDAS so this gives guidance in tracking down the source of a problem if you cannot properly receive data

There is also one important bug-fix on the PCM decommutation in the packed mode. The last PCM word of each minor frame in packed mode has been decoded wrong if the bits of the minor frame were no multiple of the used alignment of the recorder (mostly 16 bit, sometimes 32 bit). In reality most people seem to use the throughput mode of PCM anyway.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


29th May 2017

FLIDAS version 3.5.0 has been released. This version focuses on usability improvements and frequency spectrum analysis for analog live data. There are also new system requirements.

Free version:

  • FLIDAS is now using the latest Eclipse framework under the surface. This was needed to catch up with bug-fixes provided there. This comes with a change in the system requirements as we announced last September. FLIDAS now requires Java 8. Keep in mind that Oracle stopped security updates for Java 7 two years ago. Also the Eclipse framework is no longer tested on a Windows XP / Vista configuration so this is no longer officially supported by FLIDAS (Microsoft stopped security patches for Windows XP three years ago and for Vista lately). Although Eclipse is no longer tested under this configuration it will highly likely still run on it. Also Java 8 may run on Windows XP but receives no support as Oracle says. If you run FLIDAS on this configuration you do it on your own risk. You may keep and use older version of FLIDAS as long as you comply with the license terms (concurrent use restriction).
  • As a result of the new Eclipse framework the help system is back to normal available in a separate window so you can easier keep it open and navigate while working. In addition most dialogs are able to display context help inside the dialog so the help is not covered by the dialog.
  • The workflow on exporting, protocol viewing etc. has become easier. You can now multi-select channels and subchannels before opening the wizards and the further configuration will be skipped if it is not possible to include further channels / subchannels.

Basic commercial plug-in:

  • The commercial FLIDAS license has changed (see manual for details). It now defines when Java / Windows configurations become unsupported for upgrades and grants customers the right to keep on using old versions on their old system configuration.

Data Streaming plug-in:

  • Analog Raw Data Live Display: You can now analyze the frequency spectrum of incoming analog live data using an FFT.

There are also several bug-fixes and robustness improvements against invalid files. Some of the bug-fixes are:

  • Use of CH10 Data Type filters prevented CH10 file loading.
  • Lost CH10 analog packets from UDP data streams could lead Analog Raw Data Live Display to stop working.
  • Live Data Streams that haven't used a TMATS override file could display false overload indications and display no data in Raw Data Live Displays. This happened only under further rare conditions.

There has been a clarification on the exported time stamps created using the Time Representation Wizard Page. If these indicate nanoseconds since something then this will always be based on an 86400 seconds day and not be modified by leap seconds. If the date represented by this uses leap seconds or not depends on your time source.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


13th March 2017

FLIDAS version 3.4.0 has been released. This version focuses on new Live Display capabilities and commercial features for the XML CH10 Mapping. It also improves the performance.

Free version:

  • The performance of the initial file loading has improved in many situations. The performance increase depends on the individual properties of the CH10 files and the used computer environment. The focus was to improve performance of CH10 files that consist of a lot of small CH10 packets and during testing the loading times dropped here to 40%. Also the loading time of CH10 files located on network drives dropped to 15% for small packet files and 70% for big packet files.
  • A small but useful feature allows copying a single table cell of almost all tables to the clipboard so you can easily transfer it to other applications.
  • Added a question mark symbol to most dialogs to get context help. This shows the same help page that you would have found with the F1 key before.

Basic commercial plug-in:

  • Exporting CH10 files to XML (using the XML CH10 Mapping) has now additional options to influence the generated XML code. The options now also allow for a binary identical conversion cycle CH10 > XML > CH10 even in the special cases where before only equivalent files have been created. Also some options generate code that is easier modifiable if you want to manually modify the XML to create modified CH10 files.

Data Streaming plug-in:

  • Analog Raw Data Live Display: This Live Display shows a graphical plot of a single Analog Subchannel from an incoming live stream.

There are further performance improvements in the area of creating MATLAB (MAT4) files and in analog sample handling.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


19th January 2017

FLIDAS version 3.3.0 has been released. This version focuses on new Live Display capabilities and introduces TMATS ICD definitions.

Parameter plug-in:

  • PCM ICDs can now also be defined in ASCII TMATS as an alternative to a CSV file. The TMATS must be mapped from a separate file. This is a first cut on TMATS ICDs. It does not support all the features as sometimes the TMATS specification is not clear enough for an implementation or the use of an option seems to be quite small. This ICD should be a starting point growing with user requests. Later perhaps other data types than PCM will also be supported by TMATS ICDs.
  • The detailed Parameter definitions can be inspected in the Parameter List View and the Parameter Set View.
  • Bug fix: Since last version the rarely used ARINC 429 Discrete data type was not working. It has been fixed.

Data Streaming plug-in:

  • ARINC 429 Raw Data Live Display: This Live Display shows information on incoming ARINC 429 messages on a single Subchannel. A single raw value can be selected for a graphical plot.

Free version:

  • Bug fix: If a PCM subframe ID counter uses LSB first ordering and the PCM stream does as well the processing has been wrong. To our knowledge no hardware implements LSB transfer order so it shouldn't be an issue.

There are some more smaller bug fixes and improvements.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


14th September 2016

FLIDAS version 3.2.0 has been released. This version focuses on new Live Display capabilities and an official XML CH10 Mapping.

Parameter Streaming plug-in:

  • Live display of single numeric Parameters in a graph.

Data Streaming plug-in:

  • MIL-STD 1553 Raw Data Live Display: This Live Display shows an RT status overview, subaddress data and mode code information from a MIL-STD 1553B bus. A single raw value can be selected for a graphical plot.
  • The PCM Raw Data Live Display has been improved with a value and time axis and an auto scaling mode optional to the full range of the value axis.

Free version:

  • The XML CH10 Mapping proposed by Data Bus Tools in reply to a request from the IRIG 106 specification committee has now been officially accepted and published by the Range Commanders Council. The specification can be found in the RCC document 123-16 "IRIG-106 Chapter 10 Programmers Handbook" appendix P/Q.

    The specification can be downloaded from:

    • The official RCC site (public access to this server is changing from time to time due to US DoD policy although the standard is approved for public release with unlimited distribution).
    • A document mirror on www.irig106.org
    • The Data Bus Tools website also contains an excerpt of the relevant part for convenience.

    Since this is published by the RCC now the FLIDAS functionality is no prototype feature anymore but part of the regular version.

    Accidentally the RCC has published a newer version of the XML CH10 mapping than agreed so FLIDAS catches up with this to support the XML Version 0.3.1 which adds automatic parity generation for ARINC 429. To reuse your existing XML you must rename the Data attribute within ARINC429Message tags to Raw32. If you want auto parity generation you can switch to the Raw31 attribute in combination with the GenerateWrongParity attribute.

  • Some people have recorders that generate time stamps without years and have no proper year information even within the CH10 TMATS. For them there is a new option when opening a CH10 File or Live Data Stream to use the start year provided on the GUI even if there is year information in TMATS.
  • CH10 Data Type Filters have been added to suppress the video formats 3 and 4 and fibre channel and also user defined data packets. If you upgrade from an existing version these packets are automatically filtered out. You have to enable this type of data and save the setting once within the dialog to open CH10 Files and once in the dialog to open Live Data Streams when you need it.
  • Some dialogs ("Wizards") have been harmonized and have separate sections in the manual now. Especially the CH10 File opening now also uses these Wizards and looks similar to opening a Live Data Stream. This also means that some settings for opening CH10 Files that have been in the General Preferences have moved to these Wizards now and must be saved there as default configuration. You must one time manually configure these defaults separately for CH10 File loading and Live Data Stream creation. The things to configure are on the CH10 data type filter pages and on the File loading / Live Data Stream Properties pages.

It is intended to discontinue Windows XP and Java 7 support. Both are no longer supported by the developers. This doesn't mean FLIDAS will definitely not work with Windows XP anymore. Oracle claims that Java 8 can be installed on Windows XP but there is no support for it in case it fails under special system configurations. For new customers we will try to avoid any Windows XP or Java 7 dependencies.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


19th July 2016

FLIDAS version 3.1.0 has been released. This version focuses on Parameter decoding and PCM raw data capabilities on Live Data Streams. There are only insignificant extensions in the free version.

Data Streaming plug-in:

  • PCM Raw Data Live Display: This Live Display shows raw data from an incoming PCM stream and continuously updates it. It displays a full major frame with its minor frames and allows a graphical plot of a selected PCM word.

Parameter plug-in:

  • Parameter decoding for Recording Events: You can define a simple ICD to use Recording Events together with other decoded Parameters. For example you can correlate the Recording Events with other Parameters in a graphical plot.
  • Parameter List View: There is a new View showing all available Parameters in a hierarchical tree. It is used for drag and drop of Parameters for Parameter Live Displays.

Parameter Streaming plug-in:

  • This is a new Plug-in. It contains the Parameter related parts for Data Streaming. It will be part of the delivery to customers with the Data Streaming and Parameter Plug-ins.
  • Parameter Table Live Display: Table display of Parameters coming from a Data Stream with continuous updating. Parameters can be from any CH10 Data Type that is already supported by FLIDAS for Parameter decoding.

In future versions more Live Displays like the PCM Raw Data Live Display shall be introduced to further data types like MIL-STD 1553B. Also there shall be some work on configurable display pages for Parameter Live Displays including graphical widgets.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


20th June 2016

FLIDAS version 3.0.0 has been released. This version mainly creates the base for a new line of features: Processing live data from UDP Data Streams. Most of the first features are for free.

Free version:

  • Recoding data from CH10 UDP Data Streams
  • Publishing CH10 Files as CH10 UDP Data Streams. This feature is mainly for testing FLIDAS itself but can also be used to publish data to other software.
  • Live Data Streams: This adds an incoming CH10 UDP Data Stream to the FLIDAS Repository similar to a CH10 File. The features available for processing the live data are called Live Displays and can be used concurrently.
  • Live Display of statistics of incoming Data Streams per Channel
  • The TMATS View will now show the content of the TMATS override file if one has been used.
  • The existing help system had problems with the latest Java release. The online help changed to use only the help system formerly used for the context sensitive help (i.e. not in an external window).

Data Streaming plug-in (this will be a new commercial plug-in but is right now provided to existing customers for free as it has only a few features):

  • Videos from an incoming CH10 UDP Data Stream can be streamed to an external Video player for live replay.
  • Display PCM statistics from incoming CH10 UDP Data Streams to verify PCM operation.

Parameter plug-in:

  • The line width for printing Parameter graphs can now be configured.

To get familiar with the new Data Streaming go through the new Data Streaming tutorial in the manual.

A general note on UDP Data Streaming: The UDP protocol is not guaranteed to operate without data loss and gives no guarantees on delays on Ethernet. These are results of the UDP and Ethernet specification. The operating systems used for FLIDAS are not real-time capable. This makes guarantees on the delay between occurrence of data and the display impossible. All of these restrictions apply to other CH10 software using UDP Data Streaming and Windows / Linux OS as well and are results of IRIG106 and your system environment. If your testing cannot sustain potential data loss and unknown delays it is up to your judgement to use it or not. The free version can already be used to test data losses and performance in your environment and you can ask for evaluation versions of the commercial features too. However usually regular PCs can handle hours of reception without data loss and achieve a delay of one or two seconds depending on your choices on the synchronization mode. Both delays are mainly due to the requirements in the IRIG 106 CH10 Standard and FLIDAS usually adds only some milliseconds to the delay. FLIDAS will make use of multi-core CPUs and the use is recommended for Data Streaming.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


11th April 2016

Our customer TAURUS Systems GmbH agreed to release some information about a project within which the department for Missile Engineering and Flight Trials started to use FLIDAS and a dedicated plug-in as their primary CH10 processing software. Read more about this sample project here.


29th March 2016

FLIDAS version 2.11.2 has been released. This version offers some improvements not fitting into the scope of other versions. Also the warranty period has improved for new customers.

Free version:

  • Most Exporters can now be configured what time representation they shall use. This defines the type and format of time stamps the exports are using. Available options are several absolute or relative time formats and the freedom to use no, one or several time representations on the same export.
  • The configuration pages of Exporters and Protocol Viewers that were able to save their configuration in the past will now save it separate for each context. This means you can have different default configurations for example for the sampling mode used in the Graph View or the Parameter to MAT export. To use this you need to reconfigure your defaults one time with the new version.
  • There is a new concept of TMATS defaults. You can configure some TMATS attributes in your Preferences and these will be automatically set for each CH10 file you load unless it defines an own value for this. This way you can configure values that always have the same setting for your recorders. Right now only one attribute is configurable but others can be added when needed. Currently the analog format used for decoding your analog samples (two's complement, offset-binary ...) can be configured. This value is often missing and required separate treatment for each file.

Basic version:

  • The external video player used for MPEG TS replay via UDP stream can now be automatically started.
  • The old Analog to MAT 4 Exporter that has been replaced by a more general version in the last release has now been removed.

There are more minor usability improvements not listed here.

We have further simplified the license contract. The old license contract limited the warranty to one year in most cases. The new license removes this restriction therefore falling back to the regular German law which currently defines the default warranty period to two years.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


15th to 16th March 2016

Christian Rueck, owner of Data Bus Tools participated at the Range Commanders Council (RCC) meeting in Redstone Arsenal in Hunsville, AL in the USA. The RCC is defining the IRIG 106 standard and the main goal of the meeting was to discuss open issues for the upcoming 2017 standard before a draft is released.

The XML CH10 Mapping proposed by Data Bus Tools and implemented by our FLIDAS software made it to the draft of the official IRIG 106 Programmers Handbook that should be released soon. The prototype implementation is available for free download.


19th January 2016

FLIDAS version 2.11.1 has been released. This version offers some minor improvements and bug fixes not fitting into the scope of other versions.

Free version:

  • The Channel View now offers an average and peak bit rate calculation for the bit rates on CH10 level per Channel or for the whole file.
  • The prototype for the XML CH10 Mapping is now integrated in FLIDAS. There is no separate version anymore. It will not affect regular behavior but as soon as you use the new features you must be aware that these might change in the future and there will be no migration support for you. Also the features may be discontinued. Commercial versions therefore do not include these features unless explicitly requested (for free).

Basic version:

  • The Analog to MAT 4 Exporter is still available but will be removed in the future. There is a new Analog MAT Exporter supporting MAT4 and compressed MAT 5 format. It also offers other new options. For migration note that the new exporter uses little endian byte order rather than big endian (shouldn't matter unless you manually decode the files. In this case you might need a slight change).

Some more improvements and details can be seen in the version history in the manual.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


11th December 2015

FLIDAS version 2.11 has been released. This version offers improvements for the Parameter Graph View and new ICD options and has additional support for a common problem coming from the IRIG 106 specification regarding Subchannels. It also contains some bug fixes.

Free version:

  • Preferences for Subchannel numbering: Before IRIG 106 2015 the standard failed to specify how Subchannels are numbered in TMATS. This led to a situation that different recorder vendors used different numbering systems. IRIG 106 2015 now defines 1 as the first Subchannel in TMATS so that this corresponds to Subchannel number 0 in the CH10 data section. FLIDAS adapted the numbering of Subchannels accordingly so all channel numbers visible to the user are now 1-based. This especially means that all exports where previously a Subchannel 0 was indicated will now report Subchannel 1. Users have a new Preference dialog where they can indicate if their recorders start Subchannel numbering at 0 or 1 in TMATS separate for each CH10 Data Type. The default values will give you the same result as in the last release.

Parameter plug-in:

  • Parameters in ARINC 429 ICDs can now ignore SSMs.
  • ARINC 429, MIL-STD 1553 and CAN bus ICDs now support decoding using polynomial equations.
  • The Parameter Graph View has added features:
    • A secondary cursor to show the difference in value and time between both cursors. The distance between both can be frozen to a fixed time.
    • Printing of up to four curves on one paper

Basic version:

  • Bug fix for Analog to CSV export: Old versions could cause additional exported lines without samples when the Subchannels had a different sample rate and the fastest Subchannel was not exported.

Some more improvements and details can be seen in the version history in the manual.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.

Also the FLIDAS version containing the XML CH10 Mapping has been updated in a separate free release. It contains the same features as the regular free release with additional prototyping functionality.


16th October 2015

FLIDAS version 2.10.2 has been released. The version offers some bug fixes for the separate time stamp asynchronous sampling and adds two communication summaries.

Basic version:

  • Communication summary for time stamp Packets. This allows analyzing the stability of the RTC counters and other time source related problems.
  • PCM minor frame communication summary. This allows analyzing the quality of a PCM recording by checking minor frame durations, lost frame syncs and inconsistencies in the subframe ID counters.

Parameter plug-in:

  • Bug fixes for separate time stamp asynchronous sampling.

AIDASS plug-in:

  • Default choices for all TRF header fields can now be configured in the Preferences

Some more improvements and details can be seen in the version history in the manual.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


2nd September 2015

FLIDAS version 2.10.1 has been released. This version offers a small bug fix and some smaller usability improvements. Also the XML CH10 Mapping has been updated in a separate free release.

Parameter plug-in:

  • The Parameters to multiple CSV files Exporter introduced in last version filtered out enumeration Parameters. This was not intentional and has been fixed.
  • ARINC 429 ICDs have a new encoding type for discretes. These offer the possibility of using numeric values instead of enumeration values but making use of the same SSM definition as enumerations.

Some more smaller improvements in the free version can be seen in the version history in the manual.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.

XML CH10 Mapping (separate version):

  • Specification: Structured CAN packtes have been added
  • Specification: Options to declare IRIG 106-15 version has been added
  • Prototype implementation: structured CAN bus support
  • Prototype implementation: Packet entry time stamps are now precisely converted from CH10 to XML. In effect valid files have been converted between CH10 and XML in tests back and forth and have been binary identical except the described differences in the carriage return / line feed behaviour in TMATS which is ignorable (but can also be solved precisely).

17th August 2015

FLIDAS version 2.10 has been released. This version integrates the changes from the latest IRIG 106-15 release and adds Exporters to multiple files at once.

Free version:

  • Packet level support for the new fibre channel, MJPEG and MJPEG 2000 data types.
  • Added new Ethernet data type attributes.
  • Added new analog Subchannel disablement via TMATS

Basic version:

  • Analog to WAV export now works with several Subchannels to multiple files at once

Parameter plug-in:

  • New sampling modes for separate time stamps. Instead of taking a sample of all Parameters when any parameter was recorded these modes just sample the single recorded Parameter with an own time stamp vector. This is supported by the Sampled Parameters to MAT and CSV Exporters now to create separate files with separate time stamps for each Parameter.

Some more smaller improvements can be seen in the version history in the manual.

See the FLIDAS page for more details and the free download.


25th June 2015

The prototype for the XML to CH10 mapping has been updated. It now also supports conversion from CH10 to XML. It is now possible to turn CH10 files in XML, modify some properties and convert them back to CH10. This can be used to create specific test cases from real recordings by injecting errors. It can be used in CH10 recorder and software validation or development testing.

The prototype is available for free download as long as the specification evolves. Find out more on:

The specification of this XML language was a Data Bus Tools response to a change request (CR031) by the RCC.

See the XML CH10 mapping page for more details.


1st June 2015

FLIDAS version 2.9 has been released. This version improves the overview over data traffic and supports the preparation of test data.

Basic version:

  • All communication summaries have changed. The general idea was to summarize errors where they belong and enable a better error source location. For example parity errors on a bus are not specific to a specific message type but are the result of a unreliable transmission medium. There are also other improvements. Here some more details:
    • MIL-STD 1553: An additional RT overview displays all RTs with color coding to show activity and errors on both busses and shows RT status flags. An additional bus overview page shows errors on the physical medium and bus load.
    • ARINC 429: An additional bus overview summarizes the errors and does bus load calculation
    • Ethernet: Used bit rate is calculated
    • CAN Bus: Used bit rate and bus load is calculated
    • All communication summaries have an additional page with general statistics of processed duration, CH10 Packet errors while processing and more.
  • The raw Packet inspection in the Hex Packet View had two changes:
    • The color coding also highlights separate Packet Entries for many CH10 data types.
    • Modification of single positions is possible. This shall support preparation of specific test data for recorder and software developers or people verifying their new equipment. Errors can for example be injected and the changed CH10 files can be used for replay. The new mode requires a simple configuration to protect customers who do not want to allow CH10 modification at all.

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


14th April 2015

FLIDAS version 2.8 has been released with three new feature groups:

Free version

  • Introduction of time markers. These are user defined points in time that can be used to define time slices for exports or to locate points in time in other views. Almost all time stamps available on the GUI can be used to create a time marker with a note.

Basic version:

  • Analog raw sample export to CSV. This export function allows overriding some TMATS properties or even allows applying a specific analog format decoding that cannot be defined in TMATS but is actually used by some recorders.
  • Video preview of MPEG transport streams using UDP streaming to external video players

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


09th March 2015

FLIDAS version 2.7.1 has been released. This version primarily improves usability:

Free version

  • Much of the configuration of Exporters can be saved as default
  • Context menus on many places have been reorganized
  • Channel and Subchannel selection on exports has a preselection when there is only one item and selections can be made through double-clicks
  • Double-click actions have been added to show Packets of a Channel, Channels of a file or navigate to a NMEA 0183 data set within the map display

Parameter plug-in:

  • ICD Mappings support relative paths to ICDs or Parameter Sets (relative to ICD Mapping file)
  • Parameters can now also be exported to compressed MAT version 5 files

Basic version:

  • Software derandomization for PCM channels
  • Decoding of further PCM attributes related to derandomization

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


26th January 2015

Data Bus Tool proposed a specification for an XML to CH10 mapping in response to a change request (CR031) by the RCC. There is also a prototype implementation available for download. Comments for improvement are welcome.

See the XML CH10 mapping page for more details.


16th January 2015

FLIDAS version 2.7 has been released. This version primarily improves CAN bus support, also for Zodiac Data Systems DATaRec4 customers:

Parameter plug-in:

  • Support for CAN bus ICDs in CSV format to decode to Parameter level. This allows exporting and display of CAN bus Parameters decoded to engineering units in parallel with the other CH10 data types already supported for decoding.
  • Change for MIL-STD 1553 CSV ICDs: The definition of little endian Parameters was changed to cover more likely customer requirements.

Basic version:

  • CAN bus raw data to CSV export
  • CAN bus communication summary to analyze message and error counts and periods

A new DATaRec4 CAN bus plug-in is available to integrate CAN bus data included in CH10 files in the Zodiac Data Systems DATaRec4 format. The plug-in allows working with this CAN data as with regular CH10 CAN buses. This plug-in also demonstrates the capability of integrating vendor specific data formats into FLIDAS on a plug-in base.

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


20th November 2014

FLIDAS version 2.6.1 has been released. This version primarily offers improvements for Parameter export and display:

Parameter plug-in:

  • Export of decoded numeric Parameters to MAT files for example for direct use in MATLAB (file format 4, still supported)
  • Support for PCM Parameters that are fragmented over several adjacent data words
  • A new Parameter sampling mode that samples every Parameter occurrence even if the Parameter value didn't change

Free version:

  • Bug fix for a memory leak on closing views in FLIDAS and the core Eclipse framework

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


04th November 2014

FLIDAS version 2.6 has been released. This version mainly adds analog CH10 Data Type Parameter decoding and improves the graphical display of Parameters:

Parameter plug-in:

  • Decoding of analog raw data to Parameters in engineering units
  • Zooming in Parameter graph view

Free version:

  • Creating new CH10 files by filtering existing ones by time and Channels. The new file does not formally fulfill the CH10 specification but works with most software. This is a way to send in data for debugging.
  • Default file names when exporting data. Also protection from overwriting files.

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


2nd October 2014

Some information about the FLIDAS architecture has been released to show how it achieves extensibility and platform independence and can be used as a building block in your flight testing department. See here how the software is designed to do so..


23rd September 2014

FLIDAS version 2.5 has been released. This version mainly adds a graph display for Parameters and some video features:

Free version:

  • Massive performance increase for video exporting if video Channels don't use the optional "intra packet time stamps". This is a special case but in fact the most widely used. Depending on your system environment the performance might increase by 10.

Basic version:

  • Video MPEG transport streams can be analyzed and summarized. Some protocol information and summarized errors inside the video stream will be displayed.

Parameter plug-in:

  • Display of decoded Parameters in graphs

There are further smaller usability and robustness improvements.

The system requirements have changed to require a Java version of at least 7. This is right now only formally since Java 6 reached the end of its supported life this February. This version should still run under Java 6. However future versions might make use of Java 7 features without further announcements.

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


29th August 2014

FLIDAS version 2.4.1 has been released. This version mainly adds supercommutation for PCM Parameters:

Free version:

  • More control over the directories you start in when choosing a file. This can now also be based on a history for this type of file selection rather than configurable defaults.
  • Fixed a bug in the underlying Eclipse framework (problems in certain situations of rearranging views)

Parameter plug-in:

  • Added supercommutation for PCM Parameters to PCM CSV ICD
  • Stricter error checking on input data from CSV ICDs

There are further smaller usability and robustness improvements.

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


13th August 2014

FLIDAS version 2.4.0 has been released. This version mainly adds Parameter decoding for PCM Channels:

Free version:

  • PCM subframe ID counter decoding

Basic version:

  • Performance improvement for PCM throughput decommutation
  • PCM Subframe ID counters will be exported in the PCM CSV export, visible in the PCM Packet entry viewer (minor frame view) and related TMATS properties will be visible in the PCM Channel properties.
  • Exporter to replace TMATS records inside CH10 files

Parameter plug-in:

  • Definition of PCM Parameter decoding in CSV ICDs. First only simple formats are supported (no measurement fragmentation, supercommutation will only produce one measurement per minor frame)
  • More predefined NMEA 0183 Parameters

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


5th August 2014

Starting with the new GSS100r 1.3 version, information on this product will only officially be released through the website of our partner MBS Electronics to guarantee a single source of information.


21st July 2014

FLIDAS version 2.3.0 has been released. This version adds features and usability improvements for various areas that did not fit into the themes of the previous versions:

Free version:

  • Show full TMATS data without any interpretation and search inside
  • A new manual section provides a reference from application areas to related features
  • Possibility to scale the width of table columns by a factor. This is useful when using installations with larger font sizes

Basic version:

  • Hex Packet View now shows data interpretations on the selected byte(s) (like signed / unsigned / binary / different endianness...)
  • Export of raw PCM stream in throughput mode to binary file
  • Possibility to limit the number of displayed PCM words per minor frame in Packet Entry view to reasonable amount (to overcome windows related problem with many table columns)
  • Support for NMEA 0183 sentences that exceed the maximum length of 80 characters

Parameter plug-in:

  • Asynchronous Parameter sampling for export and view: Take samples on every change rather than time discrete now alternatively possible
  • Suppress error messages on invalid Parameter values in CSV exports or Parameter Viewers. This has changed to suppress the messages completely and leave out the data instead for better external processing in case of invalid data.
  • Parameters can now have a comment defined in the ICD that can also be used in exports. Customers use this to have long and short names of the same Parameter.
  • User defined maps for flight route replay. These can cover smaller areas like a test range instead of using the included world maps
  • Possibility to configure the content of the headers in Parameter to CSV exports

A few more bug fixes and usability improvements exist.

Other objectives of this version were:

  • The testing on Linux (and a little Solaris) intensified for a prospect customer and resulted in some fixing of GUI flaws on these operating systems. Remember that you can always request to have the free version for Linux as well.
  • Changes to support plug-ins down to the level of CH10 file parsing. This allows the creation of plug-ins with support for example for DATaRec 4 specific data types or CH10 data types that are not yet official part of the standard without placing them into the official releases.

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


23rd June 2014

FLIDAS version 2.2.0 has been released. This version primarily adds PCM support on Protocol level. There were also significant changes to the free version.

Free version:

  • Decoding of PCM Packets to Packet Entries
  • Override settings of CH10 files with external TMATS file (possibility to provide missing TMATS attributes)
  • Automatic checking of TMATS Properties of Channels and Subchannels for problems for further processing
  • Update / backup covered in manual

Basic version:

  • Display of PCM minor frames
  • Export of PCM minor frames to CSV files (Excel, Matlab, ...)
  • Display of more TMATS PCM Channel Properties (especially minor frame setup)

Parameter plug-in:

  • Suppress error messages on invalid numeric Parameter values in CSV exports. Allows external processing of exported numeric parameters even in case of invalid data.

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


26th May 2014

FLIDAS version 2.1.1 has been released. This version adds support for Unicode UTF-8 character encoding. In effect this allows the use of other language's letters like Japanese, Chinese or Cyrillic in Parameter names and engineering units. It also allows additional mathematical symbols there. The writing direction is unchanged left to right.

See the FLIDAS page for more details or visit us at the European Telemetry and Test Conference 2014 (etc2014) in Nuremberg, Germany from 3rd to 5th June 2014 in booth F-205 for a presentation.


28th April 2014

FLIDAS version 2.1.0 has been released. This version primarily adds support for MIL 1553B Parameter decoding, adds features to general Parameter handling and widens the scope of protocol level analysis. The most important changes are:

Parameter plug-in:

  • Definition of CSV files for MIL 1553B (format 1) ICDs for Parameter decoding of data or status words
  • Support for free hierarchical grouping or Parameters inside an ARINC 429 or MIL 1553 ICD

Basic version:

  • The Packet Entry View can now locate protocol errors

Free version:

  • The Packet Entry View can now show the content of several Packets

See the FLIDAS page for more details or visit us at the European Telemetry and Test Conference 2014 (etc2014) in Nuremberg, Germany from 3rd to 5th June 2014 in booth F-205 for a presentation.


24th April 2014

Data Bus Tools has just confirmed the participation at the European Telemetry and Test Conference 2014 (etc2014) in Nuremberg, Germany from 3rd to 5th June 2014. You can meet us at booth F-205. This will also be the first opportunity to see FLIDAS 2.1 with support for MIL-STD 1553 Parameter decoding.


7th April 2014

The new FLIDAS Parameter plug-in is already being used by the German Armed Forces at the Bundeswehr Technical and Airworthiness Center for Aircraft (WTD 61). They said they prefer post processing software over live displays and pointed out FLIDAS stability and ease of use.


13th March 2014

FLIDAS version 2.0.0 has been released. This version primarily adds concepts for decoding of raw data to engineering units. At first this is supported for ARINC 429 and some NMEA 0183 Parameters. These features are integrated in a new Parameter Plug-in that is an add-on to the basic version. Some features have also been added to the other versions.

Parameter plug-in:

  • Definition of engineering unit (EU) conversions for Parameters in an external ICD file (CSV text file. Can be used with Excel)
  • Definition of Parameter Sets (group of parameters used in the same test situation) and joining of existing Parameter Sets.
  • Tabular display and CSV export (e.g. Excel) of selected Parameter values (sampled with configurable period)
  • ARINC 429 message based Export to CSV using Parameters (no sampling but export at time of occurrence. Export of protocol information and one included Parameter)
  • Display and replay of NMEA 0183 signals (from UART subchannel or UDP packets) on map and instruments. This has been moved to this plug-in from the basic version.
    • More detailed world map available as separate plug-in
  • Support for:
    • ARINC 429
    • NMEA 0183 (e.g. GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and Beidou GNSS) on UART. Fixed ICD with most relevant Parameters from RMC and GGA sentences.
    • Other CH10 Data Types on request or added with further releases.

Basic version:

  • Time slicing for Protocol Viewers
  • Definition of default directories for CH10 and export files
  • The navigation data view has been moved to the Parameter plug-in to reflect that this works on the Parameter level

Free version:

  • Configuration of the locale (i.e. influence the decimal separator, time stamp format etc.)

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


21st January 2014

FLIDAS version 1.11.0 has been released. This version primarily enhances analysis and replay of GNSS navigation data and introduces support for the UDP protocol (within Ethernet frames).

Commercial version:

  • Analysis and replay of navigation data from NMEA 0183 (on UART or inside UDP packets). This includes a map view and some instruments for parameter visualization
  • Ethernet communication summary enhanced to also summarize IP4 and enclosed UDP packets
  • Added bus -> Message hierarchy in Arinc 429 and Ethernet Communication summary
  • General payload export from UART and UDP packets. This exports any payload and can be used for example to extract videos streamed over UDP or NMEA 0183 sentences enclosed in UART or UDP. This replaces the NMEA 0183 to text Exporter with a much more general one.
  • The NMEA 0183 to CSV export is now also possible for UDP packets
  • Some means to overcome missing or wrong subchannel definitions within TMATS using Communication Summaries

Free version:

  • Exports are now taking place in the background and you can continue working

The new version also integrates some smaller bug fixes.

We have also stopped to refer to GPS when referring to navigation data and use the term NMEA 0183 at most places now. This accounts for the fact that this protocol can also support Galileo, GLONASS and Beidou GNSS.

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


11th December 2013

FLIDAS version 1.10.0 has been released. This version primarily introduces a unified time stamp type. There are also some new usability features and bug fixes. These are the new features:

Commercial version:

  • Almost every table visible on the GUI can be exported to a CSV text file (Communication summaries, Packet and Packet Entry Views, Channels and Buses View ...). This allows sharing snapshots of what you see with colleagues or processing data in other applications like Microsoft Excel.

Free version:

  • All time stamps now include year and month. This was done to make sure the time stamps in different parts of the chapter 10 file can be related to each other.
  • If a Packets data type is undefined in IRIG 106 chapter 10, it can still be made to show up as an unknown Packet. This shall support people using their own specialized recording hardware for Protocols not yet included in the standard.
  • Exports can now also be started from the Channels and Buses View
  • Some bug fixes further increased robustness against heavily corrupted chapter 10 files

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


7th November 2013

FLIDAS version 1.9.0 has been released. This version primarily adds features for verifying problems inside chapter 10 files by locating Packet errors. Therefore it supports chapter 10 SW and recorder developers and users of SW and recorders that want to validate their procurement. These are the new features:

Commercial version:

  • Packet view can be limited to all Packets with Packet errors
  • Navigation between Packet errors in Packet View
  • Feature to navigate from a selected Packet in a filtered Packet View to an unfiltered Packet View
  • Communication summaries show which Packet errors influenced the summary

Free version:

  • Loading of a file can be cancelled to see data processed so far.
  • Loading of files has been made very robust to support corrupted files: After almost any kind of error during loading the data processed so far will be available and there are several options to continue after errors occurred.
  • Time stamp calculation now ignores RTC out of sync Packets
  • Channel & Buses View shows 2nd header presence and data checksum type
  • All General Information Group TMATS attributes are now available
  • Error counts for various Packet error types in the General File Properties

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


30th September 2013

FLIDAS is going to provide an export function to Cassidan's (EADS) real time test system AIDASS 2000 (AIDASS is a registered trademark of Cassidian Germany). Due to the same format this will also support MaTE and SYGAM which makes it relevant to several Cassidian, Airbus and Eurocopter projects and commercial customers outside the EADS group.

The first version will support Milbus 1553 and ARINC 429 but other formats can be added when there is a demand. It will be a separate plug-in to the commercial version.

The data will be converted to the trace format (TRF) and can be used for analysis of protocol errors and data content including engineering value interpretation with an ICD. Replay capabilities for Milbus 1553 exist to review the data or to build realisic test scenarios. With existing tools from Cassidian 1553 files can also be converted further to the RDF format which allows analysis in Origin or UDI. Similar tools may later be added for other protocols by Cassidian.

We are in discussion with Cassidian how more features can be implemented with changes in FLIDAS or AIDASS.

Support for other test systems or bus analyzers can be provided on request.

Contact us for more information.


9th September 2013

FLIDAS version 1.8.0 has been released. This version primarily adds features for verifying problems inside chapter 10 files. Therefore it supports chapter 10 SW and recorder developers and users of SW and recorders that want to validate their procurement. These are the new features:

Commercial version:

  • Dedicated Packet Property viewers for all Packet types (even unsupported Protocols) and display of raw channel specific data words
  • All common Packet Properties are available from Packet header, secondary header and trailer in interpreted and raw format. This includes some derived Properties like delta time values to previous/next Packets and calculated checksums.
  • "Hex editor" style display for each Packet including corrupted Packets. Different sections of the Packet are color coded.
  • Ethernet communication summary (message types, periods, error counts)

Free version:

  • The properties of all Packet types (even unsupported Protocols) are now available in a simple format
  • Increased robustness against corrupted files
  • Improved readability of Properties
  • Improved time stamp calculations (better RTC drift compensation)
  • A lot of internal refactoring in order to release an API mid term
  • Some bug fixes

See the FLIDAS page for more details.


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