Light aircraft black boxes – sledgehammer to crack a nut?

This week’s news gives the findings of an investigation into a light aircraft crash in Farnborough back in 2008 which killed five people.  The report states that the precise cause of the crash “may never be known” although it recommends that in future, light aircraft be fitted with black box flight recorders similar to commercial airliners.

Surely this would be the quickest way to wipe out what for many is a perfectly safe recreational sport? The cost of fitting a reasonably priced light aircraft with a black box would put purchase out of reach for many, and impact on hourly rental prices too.

I see elsewhere that a possible cause of the crash may be engine shut down. Most pilots, whether amateur or professional, practice emergency drill for engine failure, whether mid-flight or “EFATO” (engine failure after takeoff and if the engine stops, they’re trained to bring the plane down safely.

This black box idea sounds like a sledgehammer to crack a nut. What do you think?


One Response to Light aircraft black boxes – sledgehammer to crack a nut?

  1. sandysays1 says:

    A suggested standard message for a “black box” in light aircraft. — “SHIT HAPPENS” — There is a point of no purpose on techno toodles, and this is a diminishing returns highlight. Sandy Arf, arf

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