Missing Malaysia MH370 prompts calls for SOS data streaming

BiY37UpCIAAJhQ4As the search continues for stricken Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, calls for mandatory triggered data streaming technology on passenger aircraft have been renewed.

In the wake of the Air France Flight 447 tragedy in 2009, French air accident investigators recommended that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and global aviation standards body ICAO make mandatory as quickly as possible the triggering of data transmission for flights over maritime or remote areas, to help pinpoint a flight’s exact location as soon as an emergency situation is detected on board.

One company that manufactures such technology is Canada’s Flyht Aerospace Solutions which has developed on-demand triggered data streaming technology called FLYHTStreamTM which delivers continuous real-time delivery of black box data from an aircraft in flight. It said it has been inundated with calls and emails from industry executives about the incident.

FLYHTStream was first tested in 2009 and is now deployed on many aircraft types including the Boeing 777 to support routine operations. It is activated in one of three ways; automatically by a set of predetermined criteria (triggered transmission), by the pilot, or by ground personnel. When activated, it could send real-time information in an emergency to subject matter experts, air traffic control, and search and rescue teams.

If it had been fitted on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 it would have been capable of automatically switching to emergency mode streaming when the aircraft entered an unusual state, relaying information about the behaviour of the aircraft, including altitude, attitude, airspeed, direction/heading, engine state, whether the doors were open, and many other parameters.

Flyht Aerospace Solutions insists equipping an commercial jet would cost less than $100,000 and take only a few days, depending on the aircraft type and the point in its maintenance cycle.

France’s Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses  stated in its final report into the 2009 crash of the fatal AF447 flight that satellite-based tracking technology and datalink between crew and controllers was crucial in zones where high frequency radio (HF) remains the only means of communication.

In that accident it took five days to find the first floating wreckage of AF447.  The BEA reported that the last position report made by the crew was at 01:35 and the last automated report was at 02:10, but that the first alerts to start a search and rescue effort were only raised between 08:00 and 08:30,

A simulation of the flight undertaken as part of the investigation showed that advanced messaging technology would likely have alerted controllers in both Brazil and Senegal as soon as there was a loss of altitude generated by the loss of Mach.


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6 Responses to Missing Malaysia MH370 prompts calls for SOS data streaming

  1. RG says:

    Great article, one clarification, AeroMechanical Services was renamed to Flyht Aerospace Solutions LTD. Thank you

  2. Man from africa says:

    But where is the aeroplane, a b777 is too big to vanish,by now alqueada or whoever could have claimed responsibilty, one thing for sure, survival is becoming slim for passangers, i have watched almost all episodes of air crash investigation on national geographic, i had seen a similar case of sudden plane disappearance,, remember also CIA warned of possibl bombs packed as toothpaste, the vietnam tarrain is rugged , i once flew over it in boeing 767 kenya airways ,on my way to hong kong, it was terrifying to look at that land, i pray for the pissibl victim families

  3. Francis L says:

    Re MH370 search operation
    Up to now search carried out mostly on the sea area and it was not successful now it is time to concentrate on ground search the air craft wreckage could be in unpopulated areas to the west of the last known position.
    it cannot be far to the west from the last known position as well because problem developed from that point.

  4. Stracqua says:

    …Et si , une fois tous les appareils de repérage ,GPS,radio , etc , ont été coupé volontairement , un autre système radio a été installé par les kinappers pour ne pas être repéré par les radars , .
    Un plan de vol a du être déposé avant pour écarter les soupçons ?
    Un signal radio capté , peut dire sur quel appareil il est installé ?