Airbus is to install a deployable data and voice recorder with locator beacon on future A350s after completing additional studies.
Speaking on 7/Oct at the US National Transportation Sfety Board forum on emerging flight data and locator technology, Airbus head of security operations Pascal Andrei said that Airbus has been working with sippliers on deployable recorders and technology will be available “very quickly”.
“I don´t have any roadmap to give you”, Andrei told the forum. “But we have found the location on the aircraft to integrate such deployable recorders. This is something which will come very soon after some more studies”.
Voluntarily adding a deployable recorder would represent Airbus´ most visible response to the high-profile disappearances of Air France flight 447 in 2009 and Malaysia Airlines flight 370 last March. The wreckage of flight 447 was eventually discovered two years later, but the location of MH370 remains unknown.
Based on the article “Deployable beacons for A350/A380s” published in FlightGlobal.