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April 8th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

MH370 search may be most expensive ever

CNN's Joe Johns explains the hefty price tag that comes with the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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  1. sylevine

    It should be noted that Sy Levine repeatedly tried and failed to get the NTSB to put real-time data streaming of the Black Box data (Remote Flight Data Recorder) on their most wanted list – even though this is the most effective way to prevent fatal and recurring crashes. The heads of the NTSB bowed to the lobbying efforts of the airline industry fear of liability
    . The most wanted list is published by the NTSB and they used to have a board displaying it when you entered their facility.

    April 13, 2014 at 10:24 am |
  2. sylevine

    MH-370 Type Tragedies and Most Fatal Crashes Can Be Prevented By Proactive Use of the DFDR

    The bandwidth of military satellite communication systems are over ten times that the ACARS commercial system (ACARS is not a high bandwidth Sat. Com. System). The GPS system of satellites was put up by the military and resisted by the FAA & ICARO which were pushing Omega (100 times less accurate than GPS). Luckily for all involved. the Air Force was able to get GPS system funded and operational as a precision bombing system without the FAA or ICARO help. Those AF ATC 1946 veterans using radar dramatically stopped air crashes and we can update the ATC system to a 21st century Air Traffic Control System (21CATCS) that is global in capability.

    China has the technology and capability to put an end to this political problem and fix the system. The US, due to the influence of the Airlines, Aircraft Manufacturers and Pilot Associations, won't fix the dark-age killing system, because of fear of liability. They have successfully lobbied to keep the flight recorder data private. This fear has kept the safety critical Digital Flight Data Recorder, DFDR, data from being used in real-time proactively to prevent crashes. Similar to the US, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) hasn’t called for or allowed the DFDR data to be used in real-time also out of the fear of liability to its members. The only hope lies with China in making the DFDR public and used in real-time to proactively prevent crashes. Because of the Aviation industry influence on the NTSB, and the industry slapping the data as private, the NTSB has never put the Remote Flight Data Recorder on its most wanted list for aviation safety (the list has been published and posted since 1999 – this contributed to 9/11). Using the DFDR data in rea-time would allow the world to know an aircraft’s position, velocity and heading every second. Always remember that the remote flight recorder, data streaming black box, can be used in the present autopsy mode of post-crash analysis (which is important) in order to get to crash sites quickly and to insure the integrity and availability of data (stored on the ground).

    But more importantly, used proactively it can be used to prevent fatal crashes (see: the web site Safelander with its 9/11 simulation). Proactive use of the DFDR can prevent the majority of fatal crashes (see: NTSB, 1999, International Symposium Transportation Recorders paper – “The Remote Flight Recorder and Advisory System Telemetry System and Its Ability to Reduce Fatal Accidents by 78% – Note: If we had proactively fixed the problem in 2000, the 9/11 disaster wouldn’t have occurred). Thus, the proactive use of the DFDR data will save lives, make nations more secure and reduce the cost of air travel. China can emerge as the leading supplier of ATC and Management systems.

    We owe the fixing of the safety system to all those who have died in needless crashes that could have been prevented by proactively using the digital flight recorder information in real-time.

    Sy Levine (Prof. Eng.) was formerly Chief Engineer of Northorp's Electronic Division and holds fifteen patents, ranging from inertial navigation through holography. One early patent was for the first commercial inertial navigation system, INS, which was put aboard Pan American aircraft. It dramatically changed commercial aircraft navigation and safety. The INS is presently used on all large commercial aircraft. He was also the chief scientist aboard the USS Ethan Allen submarine – the one used in “The Hunt for Red October”- during its maiden voyage. Mr.Levine has been a guest lecturer for the Institute of Navigation (ION), has authored numerous papers, and won numerous awards in aviation safety. In 1999 he presented a paper on Remote Aircraft Flight Recorder and Its Ability to Reduce Fatal Air Accidents by 78% at the NTSB International Conference on Transportation Recorders. His work in this area is the result of sending a friend and PhD Software Engineer on a work assignment who died in the USAir, Flt 427, Aliquippa crash.

    April 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm |
  3. stevieflax

    First I contribute the Right flight path, the Hy Jacking Scenario( bear in mind, my theory is still the best one I've heard for what went down) and now may I modestly propose using cadaver dogs on boats as they can get, bubbles released from some of the air still making its way to the surface from inside plane,it might even be better than the ping detector since the batteries may have gone dead. Doing this may be the best bet for finding the plane. By the way any of your experts on the subject or any of the reporters ever think of telling us out here in TV land, what the water temperature is or the depth of the sea where the pings were heard ? These are facts and the more facts the better. I gladly offer my thoughts for free, but since it's going to be the most expensive search ever, can't somebody throw me a few bones, so I can afford to do more good deeds.

    April 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm |

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