Black Box Data Major Contributor to Aviation Safety through Numbers

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ARTICLE: Why so few Alaska airplane ‘black box’ recorders?


This article presents an excellent explanation of the functions of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) (collectively known as the Black Box). Dr. David Warren of the Organization’s Aeronautical Research Laboratories in Melbourne, Australia is generally credited with having developed the current form of the safety device.

Its value is demonstrated by the NTSB’s 55 page book defining the control, protocols and results of the Black Box. The parameters captured by the FDR have grown from 22 separate streams of information in 2002 to 88 today. The ability of the aviation industry to learn valuable lessons from accidents has grown exponentially.

As the aviation world becomes increasingly preventative by its use of numbers, it is important to remember the contributions of the numbers in those Black Boxes.

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