Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Why They Can't Find MH370 and AirAsia QZ8501!

Hantu Laut

A lot have been said of this small wonder of technological achievement that supposedly can survey the seabed and look for wreckage of ships and aircraft on the seabed to a depth of 4500 metres.MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014, with all the boasted technology the West possessed, no wreckage or shred of evidence of the plane's whereabout so far.

The Bluefin Robotics was deployed to search for MH370 in the depth of the southern Indian Ocean, weeks passed by, but no sign of the plane's watery grave, either this piece of technology is a tank full of shitty hot air, or the search was done in the wrong place.

Another serious blow to many of these highly acclaimed but untested aviation technologies are those gadgetry wonders installed on planes that supposedly help to locate any aircraft that crashed at sea in quick time by them transmitting pings and giving the exact location.

One particular pretty useless gadget fitted on most commercial aircraft is the ULB ( Underwater Locator Beacon), which pinger supposed to send ultrasonic pulse giving its position to SAR vessels. The problem with this gadget is, it has very short transmitting range, depending on the type installed, it is detectable from the surface from a measly 1 to 2 kilometres in poor weather conditions to about 17-22 kilometres in very good conditions.

Now you know why they still can't find the wreckage of Air Asia Flight 8501. It was not just bad weather the cause, the aviation industry is caught in a time warp, they have failed to take advantage of new technology available to constantly monitor planes in flight. Not only it is available, it is also very cheap to put in place.

It is people like Boeing and Airbus, the two major manufacturers of commercial airliners that should take the rap for the tedious task of finding a lost aircraft quickly. I suppose it's a matter of both economics and negligence, not very often a plane fall out of the sky or disappeared into thin air, so there was no pressure to change the antiquated technology.

The disappearance of MH370 and the crash of Air Asia QZ8501 may be the biggest game changer for the aviation industry.

I have both free and paid version of Flightadar24. They are not always accurate, but this is were the technology starts and can be perfected for the airline industry to keep their planes under constant watch.

1 comment:

flyer168 said...

"Why They Can't Find MH370 and AirAsia QZ8501!"


Most Airlines are not prepared to incur extra costs for the thousands of flights they perform...

Just to share this...

ICAO official: Airliner tracking not so hard...
by Ben Iannotta, Aerospace America editor-in-chief

"...Most airliners – including the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared in March – are equipped with ACARS – the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System – a set of electronics that can transmit tracking information and engine health reports to airlines via geosynchronous satellites.

Without specifically referring to ACARS, Nancy Graham of ICAO told an audience in Washington, DC:

“Turn it on. That’s all we need to do. Turn it on.” She told the small gathering of aviation experts that “we don't need any more equipment” on airliners.

"Graham appeared to be referring to the fact that some airlines elect not to pay for services transmitted over ACARS."

Graham oversees ICAO’s work on the flight tracking issue in her role as director of ICAO’s Air Navigation Bureau in Montreal. She gave a keynote address to open the “Global Flight Tracking” discussion at a downtown Washington, D.C., law firm.

The event was organized by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, with support from the International Aviation Club, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Flight Safety Foundation.

Graham defended ICAO’s May decision to turn to an industry group – the International Air Transport Association – for recommendations about how to track airliners around the globe, saying that was the best way for ICAO, a U.N. agency, to get a system in place quickly.

“I could not get 191 states together without a set of rules, without a timeline, and then have a discussion which would have eventually ended up in our contemplating our navel,” she said.

IATA’s Aircraft Tracking Task Force is scheduled to make recommendations to ICAO by the end of September about flight tracking technologies and procedures.

Graham said IATA’s work is part of a two-track process for making airliner tracking a reality: IATA will issue a set of recommendations to set the stage for establishment of a new global tracking rule perhaps within two years – “That’s a very fast track for a global rule, but I think it’s achievable,” she said. On a second track, ICAO has “leaned on” airlines to voluntarily turn on the tracking equipment they already have – “the airlines are beginning to put that in place now,” she added.

Graham acknowledged that even before the Malaysia Airlines disappearance, ICAO was concerned about flight tracking. She said the agency’s existing language on the subject is “pretty weak.”

Regulators around the world are supposed to ensure that airlines are “able to discern where the aircraft is,” but the language doesn’t provide “any guidance material” about how to do that. “It’s not sufficient in terms of a rule,” she said.

That’s the problem that the airlines and IATA are supposed to resolve.

A related hot topic for the panel was whether to tamper-proof tracking equipment, given speculation that the flight crew or someone else aboard the missing jet might have disabled the communications electronics.

“We don’t even know what happened with that flight in the first place, but yet there’s this chorus of voices that are saying we have to quote-unquote pilot-proof the aircraft,” said Alaska Airlines pilot Sean Cassidy, the first vice president at the Air Line Pilots Association.

He said pilots need to retain the ability to “de-energize” electronics – including simple tracking devices – to keep them from “catching on fire” after a malfunction."

You be the judge.