It’s one of the biggest and most worry-some mysteries in the age of modern airliners. What happened to Air France 447? And why did it plunge to the bottom of the Atlantic off the coast of Brazil last June killing 228? The experts still don’t know what caused the catastrophe because the so called ‘black box’ flight recorders have not been found.
The airline industry, including pilots, have been calling for years for a new system of recording vital flight data. They argue knowing the cause of an air accident is so important, so why leave it to chance? Now Airbus is looking at a new system of sending signals from the aircraft during the flight by satellite: either direct to the company’s base or to a receiving station. Aeronautics expert Gerard Feldzer said: “Instead of keeping the flight information aboard the plane it can be transmitted by satellite in real time back to base. “That way computers can interpret the information. “ We will save time and energy with the new system because we would be able to react more rapidly.” The one drawback is the cost of the proposed new system which would be 50,000 euros per aircraft. Some would say, especially the relatives of those who die in air accidents, that’s a small price to pay for knowing the truth