After the disappearance of MH370 without trace, I’d point out, again, that just like AF447 had a cheap and cheerful detachable data recorder been fitted we would at least have something to work with. But apparently this is simply not a priority with the FAA and JAA who culturally have a preoccupation with the prevention of accidents rather than dealing with their consequences.
Undoubtedly we’ll go through the same minuet of both those regulators looking at design concepts provided by one of more of the major suppliers which will, no surprise, also be complex, expensive and painful to retrofit thereby giving the regulator the perfect out to shelve the issue, at least until the next aircraft disappears. Let’s chalk it up as a great example of regulatory blindness. Which is cold comfort to the relatives of those onboard MH370.