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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and Air France flight 447, both lost inside the world’s oceanic corridors, have by now flooded us all with lost aircraft ‘black-box’ news and information. So, I do hope that one more ‘black-box’ definition to optimistically begin (with a bit of luck) will not frustrate you further. Because some exciting news has recently surfaced just this week about a technological leap in live-streaming of ‘black-box ‘data – a fantastic learning outcome to be possibly gained and assessed from the Missing MH370 Mystery!

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Boeing 777-200 aircraft, like all commercial aircraft, have a cockpit voice recorder that records the pilot and co-pilot (and a possible third pilot), and the entire cockpit flight deck. The cockpit voice recorder ‘black-box’ is required to record the most recent two hours of cockpit conversations. Boeing 777-200 aircraft also have a flight data recorder, which is required to report a minimum of 25 flight-time hours of ‘Big Data’, including aircraft altitude, air speed, and heading. Designed to sustain airplane crashes, the ‘black-box’ has crash protective memory. And the ‘black-box’ is required to survive static crashes, fire or heat or deep water immersion, including hydro-static oceanic pressures up to 20,000 feet deep. Thus, the ‘black-box’ is equipped with underwater beacons, which emit a frequency of 25 kilohertz upon immersion in salt or fresh water for up to approximately 30 days.

‘Black-Box’ in ‘The Cloud’ is already here soon!

‘Black-Box’ in ‘The Cloud’ is the technological leap in live-streaming of ‘black-box ‘data to be gained from the Missing MH370 Mystery and its disaster response and recovery.

Indeed, “Canadian airline First Air will soon become one of the few in the world to have the option to live-stream black-box data in the event of an emergency – and the technology they are using is all Canadian made,” according to Global News.

“FLYHTStream,” made by Calgary-based FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, permits safety experts to have “instant access to the flight data and cockpit audio recorder in the event of an emergency – whether it be system failures, or some catastrophe, like a crash,” reports Global News.

During an aircraft safety breach, the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) retrieves back live 20 seconds of ‘black-box’ data from the point at which the aircraft safety mishap or flight security breach began, and immediately streams the data to a secure server. The pilot can activate FLYHTStream inside the cockpit. FLYHTStream software also can be pre-programmed to automatically switch on during an aircraft safety mishap or flight security breach.

Live-streaming flight data rehabilitates antiquated aircraft accident investigations, making possible specialized animations that recreates what happened during aviation mishaps. This is extremely valuable, if future mishaps, like MH370 or Air France 447 occur, whereby safety investigators have had to wait months, even years, to retrieve conventional black-boxes lost in remote areas, including deep hazardous oceanic corridors of the world.

Live-streaming can also be actuated from ground-base air traffic controls.

“If one of the dispatchers happened to see something unusual going on with the aircraft, they could push a button, and it would start streaming the data to the ground,” said Vic Charlebois, vice president of Flight Operations for Canadian airline First Air.

‘Black-Box’ in ‘The Cloud’ ensures MH370 never happens once more.

Charlebois further illustrates to Global News, “Let’s take the case of the Malaysian aircraft – if it was being monitored through satellites, and a dispatcher did see it wander off-course somewhere, the procedure would be to activate the Flight Stream, and then contact the crew to see what was going on.”

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Our iPhones are more powerful than the evidence-collecting computers inside some aircraft cockpits. Putting the ‘black-box’ in ‘the cloud’ could mean faster answers from future plane crash investigations.

Inside Reuters, Fox News, and The Telegraph (U.K.), “calls for streaming the crucial ‘black-box’ data in ‘the cloud’ continue.” Now that we are well past the 30-day conventional ‘black-box’ limitations, the hunt for the MH370 ‘black-box’ has been largely unsuccessful. As a result, we do not have access to critical cockpit discussions, aircraft flight conditions, and engine performance data lost.

More aviation safety and security experts call for compulsory ‘black-box’ data management backup-systems in an international digital-age of aviation. Such aviation backup-systems will enmesh ‘the cloud’, ‘big data’, wireless-mobile, and social media-based communications.

Besides family-care and mediation, crash investigation recovery, and media-relations management, China has remarkably elicited two million people to monitor social media communications for any kind of data analytics and intelligence or clues as to where MH370 lies at this point.

Safety experts, like Mark Rosenker, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and a retired U.S. Air Force General, has said to Reuters the latest aviation mishap, along with the loss five years ago of Air France flight 447 in the Atlantic, should spur reform of an antiquated investigation process.

“The availability of even limited data from the ‘black-box’ and cockpit voice recordings could speed up accident inquiries and locate a plane in trouble, if it is beyond the reach of ground-based radar,” Rosenker counseled.

I concurred, inside The Telegraph (U.K.), “Vital flight information would be retrieved, if ‘black-box’ data was automatically stored in ‘the cloud’, and that using the internet to gather and store flight information in real-time would mean that key data would not be lost.” Further telling Reuters that “it is time to move the ‘black-box’ to ‘the cloud’ at least for essential limited flight recorder data for long flights over remote areas.”

“The ‘black-box’ data should not be lost in remote terrains or oceans, but rather should be secured and stored in ‘the cloud’,” I have restated to The Telegraph (U.K.).

“If we are able to transmit Beyonce from the Super Bowl live to millions of people, we should be able to send this sort of data to ‘the cloud’ ” – like Beyonce does instantly now, sending out globally her latest mega-hit recordings!

We need now, more than ever, so much more than two eyes to search out MH370, lost now for months, perhaps even years. Indeed, we may need more Ideas, Imagination, and Innovation to ensure international aviation safety and security in the future.

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