BluFlo Flight Data Recorder/Repeater


 

When Aircraft disasters happen, evidence about what went wrong could vanish with it. The answers are  trapped in the flight data recorder.

Superior technology already exists.

Canadian company BluFlo developed the BluFlo BlackBox powered by Blackberry, which automatically monitors, records and transmits data securely from existing Flight Data Recorders.  We record all 88 data points according to section 14 CFR 121.344 – DIGITAL FLIGHT DATA RECORDERS FOR TRANSPORT CATEGORY AIRPLANES.

And it can livestream information when something goes wrong. BluFlo contends that we would have more answers about missing planes, if our technology was installed on all commercial and private flights.

We would know where the aircraft has gone, where it is, and we would have information on what had happened in the meantime.

On a normal flight, our system would send updates every minute, five or 10 minutes, this is programmed via Airlines choice. It can be programmed to recognize when something is wrong, such as a deviation in flight path, and automatically begin streaming second-by-second data.

The main objection to this type of livestreaming has been cost, BluFlo’s BlackBox is designed to save carriers money, due to its small footprint and compression. One tramission of data is less then 800 bytes.

The potential benefits of livestreaming data were widely discussed after Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. It took experts two years to recover the flight data recorder.

That’s because once a plane sinks to the bottom of the ocean, the flight data recorder goes with it. Ultrasonic “pingers” designed to lead searchers to the box have a radius of two miles, and the recorder’s batteries die usally after 30 days, but could be less if batteries are not maintained.