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FAA Orders Improved Black Boxes  
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1289 times:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/10/black.boxes/index.html

No Video Recorders in the cockpits though. Twenty-Five hours of recording time is also mandated. Seems a bit like over kill to me. What will the twenty-five hours buy you post-accident? And, as the article cites, twenty-five hours for a helo is way too much.

New equipment must be retrofitted into existing airframes by 2012.

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User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3829 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1281 times:



Quoting ANCFlyer (Thread starter):
Twenty-Five hours of recording time is also mandated. Seems a bit like over kill to me. What will the twenty-five hours buy you post-accident?

Abuse of the aircraft by the previous crew, resulting in an accident with the current crew? For example, a hard landing that either was deliberately mis-reported, or just not noticed at all by the previous crew.

I agree with no video recorders though - its very hard to position a camera or cameras for total information capture, while a mic is easier.


User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

Maybe this is the right time for Uncle Sam to grow up and call them for what they are..
an ORANGE BOX.
thankyouverymuch
safe



If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6264 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1167 times:



Quoting ANCFlyer (Thread starter):
What will the twenty-five hours buy you post-accident? And, as the article cites, twenty-five hours for a helo is way too much.

Analysis of data from previous flights or earlier data in an Ultra Long Haul flight? I'm sure that with the current generation of FDR's, it's probably just a change of flash chips to get the longer capacity  Wink



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User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3829 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1157 times:



Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):
I'm sure that with the current generation of FDR's, it's probably just a change of flash chips to get the longer capacity

Probably not, because that means a higher storage density which could have effects on how well the medium reacts to heat etc. Also, a higher storage density means more lost with the malfunction of one or two chips.


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