UPDATE 1-Airbus in talks with regulator on ejectable 'black boxes'

Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:45am EST
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* In talks with European Aviation Safety Agency

* Talks over ejectable black boxes in A350, A380 jets

* Technology could make it easier to recover data post-crash (Adds details, background)

By Allison Lampert and Tim Hepher

MONTREAL/PARIS, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Airbus has begun talks with a European regulator to make ejectable flight recorders available on its two largest models, the A380 and the new A350, potentially making them the first commercial planes to use the technology.

The European company said that further ahead it could also expand the use of ejectable recorders, which combine voice and data recordings, to new versions of its A330 and A320 jets.

The talks with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) come as global aviation authorities consider recommending the devices to make it easier to recover evidence in cases such as the Dec. 28 crash of an AirAsia jet, whose data recorder was recovered on Monday but whose voice recorder is still missing.

Used in military planes for decades, ejectable or "deployable" recorders separate from the tail during a crash and float, emitting a satellite distress signal.

"Airbus is working with EASA ... and other stakeholders to advance the approval of such a solution industry-wide," an Airbus spokesman said, adding there was no indication when the devices might be in use.   Continued...