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Airlines want tracking technology to prevent another MH370

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Aviation taskforce desires to guarantee planes can’t be “lost” sooner or later

Tracking, not knowledge streaming, is the reply, says head of IATA

Air France already makes use of technology to allow frequent tracking updates

Doha, Qatar

Making positive another airplane is rarely “lost” once more is the quick precedence for the airline {industry}, in accordance to Tony Tyler CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The group has arrange a taskforce comprised of airways, pilots, flight security organizations and flight tracking and navigation service suppliers to try to guarantee a thriller like flight MH370 will not be repeated.

“We’re going to be focusing on the tracking of aircraft and not streaming of data,” stated Tyler on the group’s annual assembly, in Doha, Qatar, including that it’ll ship a report in September recommending what modifications airways ought to take, though they gained’t be necessary.

The streaming of information will not be the main focus, stated Tyler, as tracking is “the most urgent first step and can be done relatively easily.”

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“There are a lot more issues that come into play when it comes into the streaming of data. If you start having streaming from 100,000 flights a day, you’re going to end up with masses of data and that may be manageable or may be not manageable.”

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Currently a mixture of radar, satellite tv for pc and voice communications tracks plane. A one-size-fits-all tracking resolution won’t work, cautions Kevin Hiatt, senior vp for Safety and Flight Operations for IATA.

While the technology to monitor plane higher is already out there there’s an tools concern.

“Not all plane are outfitted the identical, it’s identical to an car, there are totally different choices you’ll be able to match within the plane, so we’ll discover what choices are at present onboard and see how it may be used to fill this hole.

“Maybe some carriers already have what they need to start and there might be some that have absolutely nothing and have to start.”

Many airline CEOs have dedicated to bettering tracking irrespective of the fee.

“We’re already doing quite a lot,” stated Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group.

“We routinely ship place messages with our ACARS messages and that’s one thing we’ve executed for a few years an one thing we’ll proceed to do. We ship ACARS messages each half-hour.

“By this time next year (the airline industry) will have cracked this.”

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ACARS is an information hyperlink for sending messages between planes and floor amenities that was developed within the Seventies.

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Commercial aviation within the twenty first century

Just 5 years in the past Air France suffered a tragedy when flight AF447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

The accident introduced to public consideration that in some places, equivalent to over ocean areas, the exact location of an plane will not be identified on a regular basis.

“We don’t totally track aircraft as there are areas of the world that don’t have coverage that allow us to track them with what we would conventionally think of as a GPS or some type a ping that has a geographic location,” stated Hiatt.

However, after the incident, the airline, impartial of any industry-wide report, made modifications to how its planes talk their location and will be present in an emergency.

One was bettering the battery lifetime of the black field recorder to three months, the second involved the frequency with which the airplane communicates with land.

“Flight data is now sent from the plane every 10 minutes,” stated Alexandre de Juniac, CEO of Air France-KLM.

If a airplane deviates from its preliminary flight plan we ship a message each minute to our dispatch workplace in Paris … to say that one thing is flawed. So the tracking is way more correct and we all know minute by minute the place the airplane is.

“We have the equipment on board; it’s a decision plus some investment to increase the frequency of the messages.”

Another concern going through airways and pilots is the query of constructing one thing tamper-proof. Manufacturers say that may imply units that gained’t have the option to be switched off in-flight.

“Speaking as a former pilot myself, if I had a particular piece of kit in the cockpit and I wanted to stop it smoking or being on fire, I could disable that,” stated Hiatt.

“Now they’re saying they want to take that away from the pilot. So there are some diverse opinions which will be explored.”

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