The sudden disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 last March 8 has continued to baffle the entire aviation industry. Since then, no wreckage related to the plane has been found. In fact, despite the use of modern technology to locate the place, it is yet to be found. Efforts coming from various governments have already been in place, but none of which bore any positive result.
From the time the plane was lost, the only clue that the officials used to have is their last contact with the plane as it was crossing the Malaysian and Vietnamese air space. However, further analysis of the plane signals led them to a conclusion that it has crashed in the Indian Ocean with no survivor at all. Now, the search is focused on the vastness of the Indian Ocean with hopes of finding the black box as the only way to solve the mystery.
The difficult process that was undertaken in line with this search made everyone question our reliance on black boxes for answers. With several modern technologies in place, why do we still rely on a “tape recorder” technology that has been developed in the 1960′s? In fact, with the modern technology of sending and receiving data using mobile phones through satellites, people wonder why it is still not used in the aviation industry.
Based on the suggestion of Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Malaysia’s Communications Minister, maximizing the use of communication technology advancement may speed up searches for lost flights instead of simply relying on black boxes that are already deemed outdated. The Real-Time monitoring of plane data will replace the use of black boxes. Air traffic controllers will have information in regards to the actual status of the flight and will know exactly all the details that are contained in the black box.
Reasons Why this Technology is Still Not Used
If this technology will be implemented, airlines might have to spend a lot for bandwidth costs. The amount might not be too much at first.
However, given the number of flights on a daily basis and the number of planes that are in operation, it could spell thousands of dollars in losses for the airlines. There could also be some issues regarding privacy that have to be addressed should this technology be in place. The truth is that there are a few airlines that have started using this technology. However, no airline has gone too big in the implementation of this technology due to fears of huge expenses and the idea that airline accidents do not occur that often.
Benefits Outweigh the Cost
Though the overall cost for this technology might seem huge and totally impractical for airlines to follow, at the end of the day, the technology is still worth it. After all, no amount of money can pay for the safety and security of the passengers. Money cannot pay the feelings of family members who bear all the pains and sufferings for the sudden loss of their loved ones.
With plans underway in regards to the implementation of this technology, the aviation industry might be heading to a positive direction.