black box

i. The generic name given to crash data recorders and voice data recorders. Although called black boxes, they are orange. They can withstand very high temperatures and high impact.
A typical recording of an earlier version of flight data recorder (FDR). Modern FDRs can record many more parameters.
A typical flight data recorder/voice recorder. These are colored orange.
ii. Any unit, usually an electronic or avionic device such as an amplifier, that can be mounted in, or removed from, the aircraft as a single package.

Aviation dictionary. 2014.

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