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MH370: One Ping Does Not A Discovery Make. Or Does it?

Saturday, April 5, 2014
By George Hatcher

An underwater locator beacon (ULB) such as the one on the black boxes (CVR) Cockpit Voice Recorder and FDR (Flight Data Recorder) of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on 37.5 kHz for about 30 days at 4°C temperature. They run on lithium-ion batteries, and “mileage” may vary; 30 days is the minimum expectation. This is... »

New Black Boxes with one big Upgrade

Thursday, April 3, 2014
By George Hatcher
New Black Boxes with one big Upgrade

The thirty-day ping life that black boxes are known for is about to be history, thanks to Radiant Power Corp, and Air France 477. After AF447, U.S. and European agencies decided to raise their expectations of black boxes. In 2011, they mandated a requirement that acoustic emergency transmitters be powered for at least 90... »

Crashed Plane Located

Sunday, March 10, 2013
By George Hatcher

The missing Ace Air Cargo/Alaska Central Express Beech 1900 freight flight from King Salmon to Dillingham was located wrecked twenty miles from the airport in Muklung Hills. At about 9:15 a.m., an emergency locator beacon had begun transmitting a signal. The plane crashed in rough terrain in stormy weather. The two aboard were reported... »

Canadian Antarctica Support Flight Missing

Thursday, January 24, 2013
By George Hatcher

On January 23, 2013, a Kenn Borek Air de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter was en route from the South Pole to Terra Nova Bay when it went missing en route, somewhere around Northern end, Queen Alexandra Range, Antarctica. Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is coordinating the search. Three Canadians were aboard. The pilot is... »

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