Episode: 010: Tragic Disappearance and Media Perseverance


Welcome to episode 010 of the #PaxEx Podcast.

Our guest this week is Jason Rabinowitz, who writes for numerous #AvGeek and #PaxEx publications, and researches #PaxEx data for flight search and review site Routehappy.

As we all know, passenger safety is the most important part of the passenger experience. That’s why we’ve dedicated today’s podcast to discussing the tragic disappearance of MH370. Jason has been tracking developments since Malaysia Airlines announced that ATC had lost contact with the 777. In this episode he gives us an update.

Crucially, we address how an aircraft can just disappear in 2014. And we discuss what is holding the industry back from streaming black box data. It’s clear that MH370 is going to invoke change in this regard (just as AF447 got the conversation started).

Also, social media is having a profound impact on how aircraft accidents and incidents are covered. Jason’s colleague at Routehappy, John Walton, was among the very first people to break news of the Ethiopian Airlines ET702 hijacking on Twitter. We talk to Jason about how aviation geeks are besting the mainstream media when covering these types of stories.

1 Comment

  1. Another great episode and very interesting to look at what’s there now and what’s currently in development. Hopefully that development will help bring the cost of bandwidth down enough for full CVR & FDR data to be streamed over the satellites. For now though the equipment & bandwidth costs are prohibitive and a fleet of intercontinental aircraft pushing loads of data through the sats may consume so much that there’s no room for other content (yeah, a bit far-fetched, but it needs to be considered).

    If only the aircraft had been using Spot or Spidertracks, we’d have known exactly where it wound up.

    I can use either of these systems to track a Cessna so it’s beyond me why there’s not an independent unit with battery backup sitting inside the aircraft & out of easy reach of pax/crew. It could be broadcasting its location every 10 seconds or so after the aircraft’s speed goes above 100 knots and for a few minutes after it goes to 0. Even if the aircraft had blown up there’s a high chance it’d keep transmitting all the way down if the unit itself was still intact.

    Start small with a basic tracking device & go for full CVR/FDR data when the bandwidth is cheap & plentiful 🙂