In the category of smaller and incredibly useful innovations, Airbus announced a new “black box” flight recorder that can float on water. In the event of an airplane crashing on water, the box will be ejected from the aircraft so it can float in a protective case. A beacon will help alert search teams to its location. As a further improvement, the cockpit recording time will be increased to 25 hours (most current black boxes only record for up to 2 hours). Airbus says it will begin fitting the new black boxes into its entire range of aircraft.