Why not develop airborne defense systems instead?
|Quoting NYC777 (Reply 3):|
I think the FAA has or will come out with a directive that older aircraft has to be fitted with a fuel inerting system for the center wing tank.
The date for that requirement has come and gone; it has been put off for several more years, as the airlines cried 'cash flow.'
Not that anyone asked my opinion, but I think this retrofit should be low on the priority list. I mean, we've had TWO airplanes lost in the last forty years due to center tank explosions... and the more memorable of those two is certainly an arguable situation. Not to start an argument, but when you've got a dozen eye witnesses that say something was shot at an airplane, I find it odd to then force airlines to prevent a different situation...