March 11, 2008 | Mark Paradies

FAA Orders Improved Black Boxes – How Do You Collect Accident Data?

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CNN reports that the FAA has required air carriers to install improved black boxes to collect more flight data and longer periods of voice communication. The requirement call for the devices to be installed by March 7, 2012.

The requirement comes 9 years after it was requested by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The FAA did not require cockpit cameras as requested by the NTSB. The FAA said the cameras were not justified by a cost/benefit analysis.

IF YOU ARE NOT in the aviation industry, why do you care?

You should think about automatic data recording for your facility (in case of an accident).

Things to think about include:

  1. Recording radio communications.
  2. Videos in the control room.
  3. Data recording.
  4. Security camera recordings.
  5. Security access data (swipe card data to see who went where).

Don’t wait until it is too late! Think through your data recording requirements before an accident occurs.

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