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ICAO recommends new aircraft tracking standard

  • Air
  •   02-06-2015  10:40 am

ICAO recommends new aircraft tracking standard

Member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have recommended the adoption of a new 15-minute aircraft tracking standard, during discussions amongst the over 850 participants to the UN aviation body’s 2015 High Level Safety Conference held in Montreal this week.

The recommended standard is performance-based and not prescriptive, said a release from the ICAO, meaning that global airlines would be able to meet it using the available and planned technologies and procedures they deem suitable.

Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President, described the new standard as “an important first step in providing a foundation for global flight tracking and the future implementation of the more comprehensive ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS),” adding that the standard will be sent to members for comment by month’s end with adoption of the new protocol anticipated as early as the fall.

The concept of operations for the GADSS was developed by ICAO over 2014, subsequent to the disappearance of flight MH370 and the special Multidisciplinary Meeting on Global Flight Tracking which ICAO convened soon after. The organizaton said it calls for a three-tiered approach for global aircraft tracking over the long-term, covering normal, abnormal and distress conditions.

The standard recommended by ICAO’s High Level Safety Conference is considered to be consistent with the long-term GADSS concept. ICAO’s intention is to coordinate regional exercises shortly after the standard is adopted, aiding States with both the Standard’s introduction and their ability to respond to abnormal flight behaviour scenarios in an integrated manner.

According to Dr. Aliu, “ICAO will also be developing requirements and assistance measures for abnormal and distress tracking, which require more time due to their complexity and potential reliance on new technologies.”

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