It may surprise you to learn that this little country of ours has come up with some pretty amazing inventions over the years. These are our pick of the bunch
As we all know from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 saga, the black box is vital to unravelling the cause of an aeroplane crash. By recording all in-flight conversations and flight data the black box gives investigators vital information that can be used to improve aircraft design and flight procedures in order to avoid future accidents.
Invented by Dr David Warren after his involvement in a plane crash investigation in 1953, aviation companies initially saw little value in the device. Despite Warren’s working prototype, it wasn’t until an introduction to the Secretary of the UK Air Registration Board in 1958 that the invention was seized upon. Warren never patented his idea, so financial reward was limited, but we should all be grateful to this great Australian for his incredible legacy of aviation safety.