Black Box Technology: Improving Airplane Safety
The flight data recorder (FDR) is an independent device that preserves the recent history of the flight, through the recording of dozens of parameters, collected several times per second. The cockpit voice recorder (CVR), preserves the recent history of the sounds in the cockpit, including the conversation of the pilots. The two recorders give a testimony, narrating the flight history with accuracy and impartiality, to assist in an investigation.
The critical data provided to accident investigators has lead to airplane safety improvements.
Our guest speaker, Mr. Dennis Jones, is an aircraft accident investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) where has been employed for over 30 years. His current position is the Chief Technical Advisor for the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety. He has investigated over 1,000 aircraft accidents worldwide ranging from general aviation to air carrier operations. In addition to heading many domestic investigations, he has led US investigation teams to assist foreign governments in investigations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, North/South America and Africa.
Mr. Jones has trained investigators of the NTSB and officials of foreign government agencies and organizations. He recently conducted a 5day advance accident investigation training course in Singapore for aviation officials based in the region. Mr. Jones is also the agency's expert for aviation safety issues pertaining to the African continent. Mr. Jones spends about 6 8 months annually in East Africa where he is involved with implementing several US government initiatives, including assisting with the development of aircraft accident investigative agencies and the training of government officials. As a result of these initiatives, he has worked in over 30 African countries during a period of nearly 20 years.
Come out and hear how the "black box" data recorder works, and how it is helping to improve airplane safety and saving lives.
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