A debate about the need for global flight tracking and data streaming is back on the airwaves after AirAsia flight QZ8501 disappeared from radar on Dec. 28 and the Airbus A320’s emergency locator transmitters failed to emit signals before entering the Java Sea. Debris and bodies from the flight were located off the coast of Borneo on Dec. 30, three days after air traffic controllers lost voice and positioning from radar. But questions as to how and why a state-of-the-art aircraft can ...

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