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At huge risk to my self esteem, I'm starting
off the new year with an un-researched
product idea that I've casually pondered
for many years, always believing
technology was not quite up to speed.
Doubtless, my respected Bakers will
quickly put me back in my place.
With that annoying disclaimer
behind me, I
will share the following:
Every time there's an aircraft mishap (read:
crash) the world waits anxiously for the
notorious "black box" to be recovered
from the scene. Therein can be found all
of the arcane facts and figures, readings
and ciphers which explain the exact
circumstances which alligned to
contribute/cause the crash.
Why can't all of that information,
(everything, and perhaps more) facts
pertaining to the aircraft's systems,
cockpit communications, geographic
location, etc. be continuously broadcast
realtime to satellites and archived at least
until the safe completion of the flight?
"Recovering" the black box would be as
simple as a few keystrokes.
I'm on my back, my belly's exposed . . . .
Similar proposal included in this:
Cover that belly, quick. [MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 01 2008]
Electronic Flight Bag
Boeing's 787 fleet will allow wireless access to maintenance documents; also allows software updates. If it's secure enough for that, you're covered. [lurch, Jan 01 2008]
"If it's secure enough", I said. "Big 'if'", says they. [lurch, Jan 10 2008]
||Alas, a little research would not have failed
to go unamiss. A similar proposal has
been made before [see link]. I think it's an
eminently sensible idea, but I presume
there's some reason why it hasn't been
adopted. I suspect it all boils down to FAA
regulations or somesuch, and a lack of
trust in the aether for conveying vital
information. Or maybe the pilots don't
want to be logged doing loops when the
passengers are asleep.
||It could be that cockpit conversation
consisting of: "oops," "did you see that?,"
"what's that noise?," "don't use your hands
Sheila" could be disconcerting to potential
||<Standard 'I was hoping for a ____' response> I was hoping for a black box to record the amount of hair on the co-pilot's head, the temperature of the navigator's coffee, and the reflectivity of the captain's wings that day.
||This could really promote driving safety, yet another promising application, not of Big Brother, but, Yo Mamma. Sending off records of realtime infractions, like high speed bumper riders, etc., that hold up in court -dated, witnessed, GPS'd. Electronics and IT are there waiting to stretch our safety and security and prepare us for worse things to come. Idiots and jerks won't consider stupid acts if they're sure they'll be caught, hopefully their bad habits will melt away.
|| Active heightened Video surveillance is especially needed in low income zones where most crime is, to help single moms steer their kids clear of little crimes that evolve to worse. Remove the temptation.
||This is a classic example of that stage of development
when the obvious technological follow on meets those
natural human states, dark ages intransigence and
medieval logic. The GPS analogy used above is another
classic. Only the boffin brained extrapolated with GPS
ideas until private truck companies began to use it to
track their fleets. Law enforcement has yet to catch on
to stop trucks speeding and killing.
The black box itself would need to be retained in the
event of a malfunction that cancelled out satelite
transmission. When it hasnt, no need to hunt for it.
||What if the the accident was caused because of a problem in the electrical systems of the aeroplane which also stops the transmission of the flight data?