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Are plane's black boxes essentially useless tool in the modern age and how to improve upon it? [duplicate]

I am just reading the latest news on the air plane crash that happened couple days ago and it dawned on me that one too many times have I read a story on the NY Times where after black box is obtained,...
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Can airplanes transmit/relay flight data to ATC's periodically while in flight? [duplicate]

The flight data recorder is one important piece of information in the event of a crash. Can this information not be transmitted or relayed to the ATC's while the flight is air borne so that they don't ...
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Why do black boxes seem so outdated? [duplicate]

Now that the Malaysian flight was again in the news, that they had officially given up and stopped searching, this issue comes to mind again. Why do w all depend on finding a physical recorder, and ...
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Are there any proposals to continuously stream “black box” data? [duplicate]

After an aircraft incident, finding the black box is important to investigate the causes, because it contains a lot of valuable recorded data. The process of locating this can take a lot of time, and ...
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Why is the black box still relevant? [duplicate]

Wouldn't it be cheaper to replace black boxes by telemetry? Seems that the costs of a single search mission for an underwater black box exceeds the cost of installing and maintaining telemetry sytem ...
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Why Black Boxes are not capable of transmitting its Critical Data directly to satellite? [duplicate]

Why don't airplane include a satellite technology to upload the critical (Voice/Engine etc) data recorded in FDR to satellite. This would be very useful, in case of missing FDR. Is there any ...
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Why are voice recordings stored and not transmitted? [duplicate]

With today's technology, why are voice recordings not transmitted, saved somewhere in case a disaster does happen? Let's say a plane goes missing, they can spend a long time trying to salvage the ...
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Does the Flight Data Recorder store the data locally or send it to an offsite backup while in flight? [duplicate]

I was wondering, what a black box actually does ? Does it store the in flight data, in case an accident should occur or it's sending it to an offsite backup while in flight ? And if it stores the data,...
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Why do we still use pilots to fly airplanes?

With the recent advances in drone and remote control technology, why are there still commercial and military pilots? I understand that there can be some serious tactical advantages to human pilots in ...
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Why not increase the number of Flight Data Recorders and add jettisoning capability?

With some Flight Data Recorders gone unrecoverable during crashes , what's the argument for not changing their locations, like wings or engines? Given their utility after accidents, why not increase ...
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Are peer-to-peer communications feasible between aircraft?

I have several questions regarding plane-to-plane communications (P2P), by which I mean air-to-ground communications where instead of a satellite, planes act as the intermediate nodes between a given ...
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Why is wireless avionics intra-communications (WAIC) not used for air-air or air-ground communication?

Since ITU approved the use of WAIC systems, aircraft designs have evolved and benefited greatly from fuel consumption savings, reduced maintenance (by removing/replacing costly and heavy cable wiring ...