Airbus has launched a study into reinforcing
flight data recovery, including, but not limited to, extended data
transmission for commercial airliners, so that in the event of
accidents, critical flight information can still be recovered and
released to the investigating authorities.
Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus said,
"Gathering information from accidents is vitally important to
further improve the safety of flying. Various technical means for
reinforcing flight data recovery and data transmission to ground
centres are principally available. We will now study different
options for viable commercial solutions, including those where our
experience with real-time data transmission from our own test
aircraft could support the further development of such solutions."
The study will be conducted by Patrick Gavin,
Head of Airbus Engineering, and Charles Champion, Head of Customer
Services, and will attempt to tackle the technological issues as
well as data protection and privacy concerns.
Airbus will include industrial partners,
research institutions, and international airworthiness and
investigation authorities in the study.
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