Post MH370: Airlines should “live stream” data

IATA: Aviation industry should introduce deeper technology

The aviation industry should introduce technology that allows more live-streaming of flight data following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, IATA chief Tony Tyler says. But cost and practicalities may stand in the way.

The mystery of MH370 has renewed interest in the possibility of inflight streaming of black-box data that could help locate aircraft and enable accident investigations to begin sooner, Reuters reports.

“The technology exists now to do it, but it is not clear how practical it would be,” Tyler, said at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur. “To have every aircraft streaming all date at every phase of the flight – can it be managed or would it simply overwhelm us?”

He stressed: “It’s very important that if we’re going to have regulation covering this area, that it’s done on a globally consistent basis.”

Reuters

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