The money making system is at it again when simple real time broadcasting systems from simple GPS to complex satellite units can be incorporated or added to any heavy aircraft automated system be it simple position reporting to complex FDR information. To avoid unnecessary clogging up of the satellite systems emergency situations by automated aircraft activity or pilot emergency actions could activate the system. Then again for the sake of one totally avoidable crash most people would not even notice a 3 cent ticket price increase to replace faulty pitot tubes. Ignoring pilots and manufactures concerns for many months is just another illustration of the BEA being too close and protective of its buddies - Air France, Thales, EDS any many more. Well done to Woods Hole for giving most families some closure and enjoyable and safe flying to all passengers and pilots.
If the proper procedure with a loss of airspeed data is to set specific pitch and thrust, why couldn't the AirBus autopilots be programmed to do that automatically in a situation like this?