Whenever a flight goes down you hear about the Black Box. The FAA won’t even speculate as to the cause of the crash until they find the Black Box.
I think I need a Black Box for my life. I seem to crash constantly, and I would like to be able to go back and review the information to find out what really happened. I think there could be a real market for this product. For the spouse who swore they would pick up the dry-cleaning, the kid who claims you said it was okay, or the friend who says they paid last time. It would be nice to go back and see what actually took place.
It turns out that the Black Box isn’t black, and there are really two of them. I think this would also give me a marketing advantage. “For just $119.95 you get the Flight Data Recorder, and we will throw in the Cockpit Voice Recorder for free.” Since the Black Box is really orange this gives me a great selling feature. It seems that all the electronics made these days come in an assortment of colors so why not be able to pick the color of your personal Black Box?
Now there are going to be those naysayer’s who will think the voice recorder for you and those around you would be nice, but I can hear the question: “Why would I need a Flight Data Recorder when almost all my interactions take place on the ground?”
The answer is simple — the data recorder can alert you to facts not covered by the voice recorder. Such things as your son asking you a question while you are trying to change lanes on the highway, or when one member of a two-party conversation is watching TV. The ability to know if you were tired, in a bad mood, or distracted could play a large factor in the data review after a crash.
I believe that for the most part a personal Black Box would work in my favor. There are bound to be the occasional ops here and there but something tells me that if everyone I know knew I had a Black Box my crashes would happen less often and with less severity.