Next time you take a plane-tour, you might want to know that it’s likely the aircraft has no black box on board.
Currently only multi-engine, commercial planes with two pilots and six or more passengers are required to carry any type of onboard recording.
This means some tour-sighting planes and helicopters may not have one at all.
“The aircraft that you fly in back and forward to Victoria, the single-otters and the beavers and those type of aircraft don’t have these devices in them. It would be absolutely beneficial for them.”
Bill Yearwood with the Transportation Safety Board says they first asked Transport Canada to expand the requirement in 1991.
The latest recommendation follows a deadly crash that left four dead, including former Alberta premier Jim Prentice.
“Every regulation, I’m sorry to say, is written in somebody’s blood.”
Currently, only ‘medium’ to ‘large’ aircraft are required to have cockpit voice and data recorders, leaving smaller planes exposed.
“We take it for granted until something like this happens. And that’s when we get action because nobody expects to get in an airplane and have it crash.”
He says ‘unsuspected paying passengers’ and many aircraft operators would benefit from having black boxes.