Earlier this month ICAO agreed on the adoption of a new 15 minute tracking standard for commercial aircraft, and this is expected to be the subject of new standards and recommended practices later in 2015. The resolution was a reaction to the global demand for the prevention of aircraft disappearances like MH370.
Inmarsat, the company whose data and calculations have significantly informed the present search for flight MH370, is partnering with Airservices Australia and other Australian aviation stakeholders to develop a trial of global flight tracking using Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Contract (ADS-C) satellite technology in Australia’s oceanic regions.
ADS-C provides air traffic controllers with a continually updated surveillance picture of their airspace, which allows safe and efficient oceanic air operations.
About 11,000 commercial aircraft are already equipped with an Inmarsat satellite connection, representing over 90% of the world’s long haul commercial fleet.
Airlines which will participate in the trial include Qantas and Virgin Australia.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: February 26, 2015.