In this age of advanced communications and cheep GPS in cars and cell phones, it seems stupid that airliner black boxes are so ineffective, as seen in the disappearance of flight 370. So make them smarter. There should be a redundant number of them on every airliner, scattered about the plane, and attached to the OUTSIDE of the plane. Nobody connected to the plane can turn them off. (There should also be something on the plane that cannot be disabled that CONSTANTLY transmits GPS location.) Why we don't have this is because often times stupidity is the norm until humans are FORCED to improve. Look at the endless media attention on this matter.
When these smart black boxes detect catastrophic motion, they go into action. They should eject from the plane at the correct moment, inflate, and give off signals so the location of the crash can be quickly discovered. They should be small and cheep, maybe only a foot in diameter after inflated. The inflatable buoy should be made of tough, flame-resistant material, weighted on bottom so solar cells on top can power it, and the transmitter is above water.
Someone said it would be too expensive.
I'm sure engineering experts can think of something.
Edited by Airbrush, 21 March 2014 - 06:00 PM.