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David Warren D&T Assignment - Ian
Transcript of David Warren D&T Assignment - Ian
- Born March 20, on Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia.
Attended school at Launceston Grammar School in Tasmania and Trinity Grammar School in Sydney.
- David's father was killed in one of Australia's earliest air disasters in Bass Strait air crash.
Graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science.
- Begins lecturing in chemistry, University of Sydney.
- Starts working as a Rocket-Fuels Chemist at Woomera in South Australia.
- Moves to Melbourne to become a Principal Research Scientist at the Aeronautical Research Laboratories.
Black Box Flight Recorder
Innovations & Achievements
David Warren states that the Black Box was heavily influenced by the world's first pocket voice recorder, which he saw at an instrument exhibition in the early 1950's.
Another key influence was the crash of an Australian plane in 1934 which tragically took the life of his father.
He also had a key interest in electronics from a young age, often toying with radios and other appliances in boarding school.
When Warren first created the prototype ARL Flight Memory Unit, it recording using steel wire
(like the pocket recorder)
for up to 4 hours. After this was recognised in England, he was given a higher budget, which allowed the implementation of longer recordings with more instruments. This was quite effective, although the recording device was later replaced by a computer which meant for longer recordings and made them far more likely to survive an impact.
Technological Advances/Emerging Technologies
Black Box Flight Recorder
- Starts work on a cockpit voice recorder while investigating a crash of the commercial jet airliner, The Comet.
- Creates prototype black box that records a pilot's voice and instrument readings for 4 hours; shown below.
- Works for 2 years as a scientific adviser for the Victorian State Government.
"A device in an aircraft that records technical details during a flight, used in the event of an accident to discover its cause."
David Warren created the first Black Box prototype, called the
"ARL Flight Memory Unit"
in 1956 after investigating the crash of the commercial airline, The Comet. After initial rejection by Australian aviation authorities, he petitioned his idea to the UK, where it was widely accepted and had it's name changed to
. The Black Box soon became globally recognized and in 1967 became mandatory for all Australian commercial airlines.
The Australian Institute of Energy Medal, 1999.
Hartnett Medal of the Royal Society of the Arts, 2000.
Lawrence Hargrave Award of the Aeronautical Society, 2001.
Awards of Contribution
In 2007, Warren was included on the "Top 100 living geniuses" list compiled by a panel of six experts in creativity and innovation from
In 2008, Qantas named one of their Airbus A380s after Warren in honour of his services to aviation.
David built the first prototype of the flight recorder while he was working at the Melbourne Aeronautical Research Laboratories in his own time with little support from the Australian aviation authorities. This meant he had to take the idea to other countries such as England and Canada to progress the product further and improve it's functionality. The product was then improved with increased reliability by replacing the original steel wire with a computer to record the information
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