AIRCRAFT BLACK BOX

  • US 20120166037A1
  • Filed: 03/07/2011
  • Published: 06/28/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/22/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. Commercial aircraft (11) having a black box (41) comprising a flight data recorder (49) connected to suitable acquisition units (13, 14, 15) for recording information required for crash investigation purposes inside a container (43), characterized in that:

  • the aircraft (11) comprises a crash detection device (17);

    the black box (41) is installed in a suitable location for being ejected outside the aircraft in a crash event through a duct (21, 31) having its exit in a fuselage area where the ejected black box (41) would not impact on the aircraft;

    the aircraft (11) also comprises ejection means (23, 33), controlled by a black box ejection control unit (19) connected to said crash detection device (17), for ejecting the black box (41) through said duct (21, 31), when an impending crash is detected by said crash detection device (17).

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