The budget bill making its way through Congress comes with language—but not dedicated funding—that calls on FAA to evaluate the pros and cons of mandating deployable flight recorders on airliners. Neither the technology nor the issue is new. Developed in the 1960s in Canada and used by the military for decades, the units—usually containing both a flight data (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) as well as an emergency locator to help them be found—are designed to be jettisoned from a ...


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