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Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data


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The newest Airbus airliner, the A350, records 800 megabytes of data from the plane per flight.

As the percentage of modern aircraft in airline fleets increases, the amount of data available will increase as well.

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The retirement of older aircraft during the pandemic has resulted in a fleet increasingly equipped with digital technologies that can collect more information about emissions, safety, and other factors.

Kevin Michaels at aerospace consultancy AeroDynamic Advisory notes that the latest Airbus airliner, the A350, usually records 800 megabytes of data per flight, double the amount recorded by the Airbus A380.

As the numbers of modern aircraft in airline fleets grows, so will the amount of data available.

New broadcast tracking signals are flight-specific, but can provide information useful for navigation services and arrival planning to help manage the stream of traffic in the air and at airports.

From The New York Times
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