ROMAN PUCINSKI TOWER DEDICATED AT O’HARE
CHICAGO: The City of Chicago named one of its Control Towers after Roman Pucinski in a ceremony at the O’Hare International Airport.
Roman Pucinski, Congressman and Alderman in the City of Chicago for 32 years, was honored with the dedication of a tower in his name for his successful work in Congress requiring “Black Boxes” on all commercial aircraft. Pucinski died in 2002.
Pucinski introduced legislation requiring voice recorders in airplanes based on his experience as a bombardier-navigator in World War II.
“If anything went wrong, or if anti-aircraft flak was coming at us it could be total chaos in the cockpit,” Pucinski said. “When we went in for de-briefing there would be a dozen variations on what happened and how. I realized that we needed a neutral record of events so that we could stay safe and improve our aircraft.”
This equipment is almost universally in use today, and the number of lives saved by improved aircraft production, maintenance, and use cannot be estimated. Famously called “Black Boxes” although they are actually bright orange, this equipment is the single most important piece of evidence when researching the cause of aircraft accidents.
“Our family is very grateful Mayor Emanuel, Ald. Ed Burke and the City of Chicago for honoring Dad this way. O’Hare Airport was in his Congressional District and in his ward, and he followed its impact on the residents of the City of Chicago very closely. Besides his lifelong interest in aviation, his experience during the War persuaded him that accurate records of accident events were essential for modern aviation. ” said his daughter, Illinois Appellate Court Justice Aurelia Pucinski.
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