Aussie in­ven­tions

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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.

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