Aircraft may have to report positions every 15 minutes

The United Nations aviation agency looks set to propose a new standard requiring commercial aircraft to report their position every 15 minutes

The move is part of a global tracking initiative, following the of MH370, which disappeared from radar last March, and has still not been found.

Its disappearance prompted a global push for a system, which would make it possible to pinpoint the exact route and last location of an aircraft, Reuters reported.

A spokesperson for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) said yesterday that if the standard was adopted, it could go into effect in the near term as it would not require any new technology on planes.

ICAO members are set to discuss the proposal at a major safety conference in Montreal next month.

Iata has promised to lead an industry task force on the matter, and to voluntarily improve tracking, while ICAO developed its standard.

The industry task force recommended last month that airlines start tracking planes with 15 minute intervals within 12 months, however Iata reportedly insisted this deadline was not practical.

A spokesperson for the ICAO told Reuters: “If [member states] agree to the standard, the safety conference will also be asked how quickly it expects it to be implemented and if it would want ICAO to expedite that process.

“Once our states have made their views known in that regard, we’ll have a better idea of the time frame.”

ICAO could effectively force airlines to act because the standards it sets typically become regulatory requirements in its 191 member states. However the agency prefers to make decisions by consensus, which will make February’s conference crucial to the process.

Sourced from TTG Digital


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