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July 22, 2019


Interesting to learn the history of the black box invention. Wonder how many good ideas never come to fruition because they’re rejected early?

What a great history to the black box. Something that now seems so simple and obvious.

Joared & Liz--Those of us in the aviation industry lived the history of "The Black Box" that is International Distress Orange. Since the large aircraft on which I worked were military bombers and cargo planes (no Black Boxes) and the small aircraft on which I worked have Black Boxes only as an after-market installation, I never had to worry about their survivability. I did, however, have to worry about the survivability of Emergency Locator Beacons which had less onerous requirements.

Interesting stuff. And now cars have black boxes that can be examined after a crash.

True, Ingineer. I know info can be downloaded after my car crashes. When Hunky Husband took out the deer last summer, I don't think anyone bothered. For all I know, since I've not checked, general aviation planes may be coming off the line with Black Boxes installed, these days.

That is how Toyota knew the guy in San Diego that claimed his Prius accelerated on its own was lying. The data showed that he was pushing on the gas and the brake at the same time. I would bet that the new planes are equipped.

I dislike that CBS has chosen to "air" their new Star Trek series on their All Access channel. I refuse to pay for extra channels, or digital access, so don't get to see them.

I love the Black Widow in the Avenger movies, so will await her own movie with bated breath. Of course it will be years before it makes it to a cable channel that I get :). Although, the Wonder Woman movie was one of three that I've rented in the last 6 years, so I may spring for that one also it when it comes out.

Ingineer--I should think that additional weight/complexity/price/maintenance costs would be prohibitive in the really small aircraft such as Cessna 172s or Piper 140s. Perhaps the small jets could tolerate the increases. General aviation aircraft under 27,000 KG (roughly 60,000 pounds) are not required to include Flight Data Recorders (FDRs). I don't think any of the personal jets exceed that weight, and would be very surprised if a manufacturer added FDRs to the standard equipment list.

You may have missed my previous question about any effects you may have had from the Ridgecrest earthquakes. Any?

Bogie--It shows that I didn't read carefully that I failed to realize it wasn't a movie coming to our local movie screens. I know nothing about the super hero movies or TV programs. I leave that to you youngsters. (I did read Wonder Woman comics in the late 1940s and very early 1950s.)
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I did miss your question. Neither my wife nor I felt anything here locally, but apparently some water sloshed out of some pools in the Sacramento area. My daughter has a good friend that lives on China Lake NAWS [Naval Air Weapons Station]. Luckily they were out of town for the quake but their house sustained extensive damage.

Ingineer--Those quakes were huge. It is no wonder that your daughter's friend's house sustained damage.

I don't expect you to recall/know that my younger brother and his family have made their careers at the Naval Weapon Center (now NAWS) on China Lake. The Navy paid him to return to Missouri to finish his MS and PhD (EE and Geophysics, respectively); but, otherwise, he and his family have been Californians. (Unfortunately, for those of us who were left, Younger Brother chose to end his life seven years ago at age 70.)

I was in the Loma Prieta quake; but, not at the epicenter since I was in Sunnyvale. A roll of paper towels that was atop my refrigerator fell over, and the apartment complex's pool slopped over, but that was all where I lived. At work (Westinghouse), six miles distant? They had to take down a water tower because some of the 3"D base attachment bolts sheared.

I am sorry to hear about your brother. That is very sad. My son was stationed at Twentynine Palms for 4 years. A little further south but still desert. The second big quake was huge for sure. A lot more highway damage from it.
It sounds like you were fortunate in Sunnyvale. My wife was in Gilroy and it scared the heck out of her. And they were used to earthquakes down there.

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