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How much longer and how many more tragedies before the entire civil aviation industry moves to real-time reporting via satcoms of aircraft telemetry, engine performance and cockpit actions and voice? The proposition, at this point in time, that the Indonesian (and other) authorities and armed forces should be having to search the sea bed in order to recover the flight data and cockpit voice recorders is, frankly, ludicrous.

Whoever and whatever is fighting this overdue change in reporting needs either to be reminded or made to understand that accurate and timely information on what is happening on an aircraft takes precedence over any perceived “privacy” issues.