Missing AirAsia Airbus puts focus on pilots training, flight tracking system

The exact reasons for the disappearance of the Airbus A320 aircraft which was flying from Indonesia to Singapore are not yet known

The disappearance of an Indonesian AirAsia Airbus A320 plane has again brought to focus the issues of pilot training, aircraft communication and flight tracking systems. Initial reports say the pilots had asked for a change in route (it was flying to Singapore) because of adverse weather. The region is in the intertropical convergence zone, known for thunderstorms, which pilots are advised to avoid. The impact can include  reduction of aircraft performance and in severe turbulence. Other possibilities include lightning-induced electrical malfunction, icing on engines and ...