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_hm
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Thoughts and Prayers
_hm   3/9/2014 2:22:52 PM
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My Thoughts And Prayers Are With Them During This Difficult Time. And Are Sorry For This Loss .


 

Nicolas_Yu.Wang
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Nicolas_Yu.Wang   3/9/2014 11:41:41 PM
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I once visited freescale SuZhou and had a conference call with TianJing office. Bless all hte passengers and families.

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Re: Thoughts and Prayers
resistion   3/10/2014 2:24:19 AM
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Very scary and sad. Many condolences.

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Re: Thoughts and Prayers
Sheetal.Pandey   3/10/2014 6:44:20 AM
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Yes When I also read the news it was so scary. Looks like there is some other angle to this disaster, today's newspaper said.

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Re: Thoughts and Prayers
mhrackin   3/10/2014 11:36:36 AM
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Mine too, of course.  HOWEVER.... I guess Freescale didn't have the same policy as its former parent Motorola did, at least back in antediluvian times when I worked there.  No more than two people from the same department were permitted on the same flight.  Of course, that was long before the jumbo jets of today.  By modern standards, the 777 involved in this incidentwas just barely a "jumbo"; the big boys today carry twice as many as this flight did.  Something to think about...

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Re: Thoughts and Prayers
Phluph   3/10/2014 12:00:20 PM
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"Why so many folks from 1 company on a single flight" was my first business-related thought as well. Very very bad policy for this very reason. It may be uncomfortable for companies to consider tragities such as this and the bean counters are sure to complain loudly but - never ever should so many travel together.

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Re: Thoughts and Prayers
krisi   3/10/2014 1:44:10 PM
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Tragic...how can a plane disappear in sky? with some many sattelites etc watching everything that moves around the globe

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Re: Thoughts and Prayers
Caleb Kraft   3/11/2014 3:06:38 PM
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This is what sticks with me. It seems that we should have all kinds of rea-time data flowing out of these flights, a simple beacon at the very least. We should know EXACTLY where that transmission stopped.

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Re: Thoughts and Prayers
krisi   3/13/2014 2:12:27 PM
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Technically real-time data transfer can be done easily...apparently the cost is too high...about $300M per average size airline according to some estimates I heard

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Re: Thoughts and Prayers
junko.yoshida   3/10/2014 11:32:12 AM
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The latest Reuters' report says in headline:

Ten countries scour sea for Malaysia jet lost in 'unprecedented mystery'



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Re: Thoughts and Prayers
AZskibum   3/11/2014 12:45:33 PM
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I hope the families get some answers soon.

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A Real Tragedy
BobsView   3/10/2014 4:46:51 PM
I feel really bad for the families that have to go through this.  The safety record for airlines is pretty good, but it's alway a tragedy when an accident does occur.

I often wonder though, in this day and age, why they don't find a way to upload the contents of the "Black Box" to a server on the Internet like "Drop Box" for example, in real time, continuously, while the plane is in the air.  Then when the plane lands safely, the data could be erased to save storage space. 

It doesn't appear to me to be too difficult and it would be a good project for an engineer.  Then, when an accident like this does happen, they would have the Black Box data immediately.

Perhaps engineers should champion for this since the public may not realize how easy that would be to implement on planes that already offer Internet access.

 

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Re: A Real Tragedy
resistion   3/10/2014 9:59:05 PM
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Yes, probably what makes this most frustrating for engineers is how an airplane incident should be readily debugged but isn't. Some cases still open, so prevention is still not in our grasp.

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prabhakar_deosthali   3/11/2014 12:51:07 PM
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Just a wild thought.  

The flight control centeres are still using the ages old Radar technology for keeping track of the air-borne planes. But when a plane crashes or has to have a forced landing on an unknown surface, this Radar contact is lost and if the other communication systems on board have failed then it becomes a herculian task to locate the illfated plane.

 

Can a satellite tracking based technology ,like GPS,  be employed so that the location of the plane can be pin-pointed whether it is air-borne, laned  or has crashed.

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Tim R Johnson   3/12/2014 5:44:24 PM
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The GPS satellites are transmitters.  A GPS unit, if it is able to receive signals from 3 GPS satellites, calculates the position of the unit from the information contained in the received signals.  So to track an aircraft by GPS, a GPS receiver unit on the aircraft would track the aircraft, and then the position would need to be relayed automatically to a remote site, perhaps by a satellite internet connection.

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Sheetal.Pandey   3/13/2014 2:57:08 AM
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Was watching the news yesterday they said its been 5 days and no information could be found about the missing plane, now Indian Government is also going to help in search. Its really so tough time for the families of people on board the flight. Airtravel is no longer safer these days.

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krisi   3/13/2014 2:09:59 PM
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I actually don't think the statement about safety is true...air travel remains one of the safest way to travel...theer are 40,000 people dying in car accidents in North America alone...and another 30,000 annually in hospitals due to wrong diagnosis or medication

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Missing Plane
type6   3/14/2014 11:12:36 AM
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My understanding is that there IS realtime telemetry for engine parameters. Multiple redundant location data, on the otherhand, mustn't be high on priorities as there 'should' be many locations monitoring the planes' progress. Can't be hard to add in a few more bits for GPS co-ordinates..

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