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Every week we bring you three of the best aviation stories from around the web. This week we put the emphasis on Airbus’ plans to install black boxes that separate from its planes in an accident.

Channel News Asia reports on Airbus’ plans to put floatable black boxes on its planes.

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The Motley Fool debates whether these new black boxes are a realistic alternative to the current black boxes.

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And finally, Designboom talks about new amazing designs for airports coming in 2015.

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Black box investigation centre answers

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Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

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  1. Three in total, the one in the video and two others.
  2. It’s magnetically sealed so that people can’t listen to what’s happening inside the room.
  3. The circuit board with the recordings on it.
  4. They use four speakers to recreate the situation in the cockpit as closely as possible.
  5. Only the crew and the accident investigators can listen to the recordings.
  6. They listen for sounds in the background, the engines for example, to get extra information about what was happening.
  7. They are put in the drying cabinet to dry the circuits so that they will work properly.
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Black box investigation centre

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With all the talk of AirAsia and black boxes this week, we though it would be interesting to take a look at a place where black boxes are listened to, a black box investigation centre. What do investigators listen for? Who has access to these recordings? Watch the video to find out!

Try to answer the following questions about the video and come back on Monday for the answers.

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  1. How many of these centres exist around Europe?
  2. What’s special about the door?
  3. Which part of the black boxes contain the information that investigators want?
  4. Why are four speakers used in the room?
  5. Who’s allowed in the room where they listen to the recordings?
  6. What else, beyond the voices, do investigators listen for?
  7. What’s the procedure if a black box has been recovered from water?

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The week on Twitter

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Every week we bring you three of the best aviation stories from around the web.

Mashable has a story about flight attendants’ feelings on passengers using their electronic devices during all phases of flight.

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The Big Story reports on how Airbus and Boeing have very different opinions about using black boxes that eject.

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And finally, USA Today discusses whether it’s time to set minimum standards for seat sizes in aviation.

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The week on Twitter

The last seven days have been dominated by the MH17 accident in Ukraine. We examine three of the stories surrounding the tragedy.

CNN reports on the inicial aftermath of the incident.

BBC talks about the latest information related to the black boxes.

And finally, NBC discusses how much passangers can find out about their route before they travel by plane.

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Black boxes answers

Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

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1. 1000 g.
2. 17,000 – 18,000ft.
3. A radio beacon.
4. They are about half the size and collect more than 1,000 pieces of data.
5. $750.
6. Military, diving, and a ship’s equipment.