|The Original Concept of Iridian/ROADSHOW||
|FDAMS - An Early Exploitation of Iridian/Roadshow|
|The Eclipse Use of Real Time Flight data Monitoring and Telemetry||
|STAR Navigation's ISMS Variant of Iridian/Roadshow||
|GulfAir's Ground Data Link and AirFASE||
|Iridian/Roadshow comes to Life|
'Black box' obsolete
June 12, 2009
PARIS - WHETHER or not the black boxes from Air France flight 447 are
found, the crash has shown that new technology is needed to record a flight's
last moments in real-time, an aviation expert argues.
Former Air Canada chief executive and ex-head of the International Air
Transport Association, Pierre Jeanniot helped pioneer flight data
recorders 40 years ago but now says the 'black boxes' are obsolete.
'Technology has evolved,' Mr Jeanniot told AFP. 'Real-time data
transmission from the cockpit by satellite is a lot less costly than it was ten years
ago. It is now possible to transmit everything directly during the flight
if there is a problem.'
Mr Jeanniot said an automatic system for data transmission of flight
information by satellite exists and should now become the norm in the
industry. It would put an end to painstaking searches like the one taking
place off the coast of Brazil for AF 447's flight recorders, and allow
investigators to reconstruct events in only a few clicks of a mouse.
'The plane would begin to transmit data only from the time that a
malfunction occurs,' said Mr Jeanniot. 'The system can be programmed so that in the
event of a serious malfunction, it transmits all data and cockpit
communications non-stop. It's quite simple.'
The new advanced technology would eliminate the need for costly and often
futile searches for black boxes at the bottom of the ocean or deep in the
jungle, using helicopters, submarines and mobilising rescue teams.
'Through satellite transmission, everything can be collected instantly. We
can know exactly where the aircraft has dropped,' Mr Jeanniot said.
More importantly, the valuable data would help grieving families. 'Can you
imagine how hard it is for families to be left not knowing what happened
for months, sometimes years?' he said.
A small Toronto-based firm StarNav is developing the state-of-the-art
system to provide the real-time connection between the aircraft and the ground,
As the data would only be monitored in the event of a problem, most of the
flights would not be transmitting anything at all, and there would be no
risk of overloading the satellite linkups, said Mr Jeanniot. -- AFP