ICAO Forges Consensus On Flight Tracking

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has struck an agreement with member states and the international air transport industry on the near-term priority to track airline flights regardless of the location or destination. The body also established a framework for tracking in the medium and long-term. Contributions by the industry through an Aircraft Tracking Task Force (ATTF), coordinated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), will help address the near-term needs for flight tracking. In parallel with IATA’s work, ICAO will develop a flight tracking concept covering how the new tracking data gets shared, with whom, and under what circumstances. The UN aviation organisation will consider performance-based international standards to ensure the broader adoption of airline flight tracking. Satellite communications firm, Inmarsat recently offered a free aircraft tracking service to airlines in the wake of the disappearance of MH370.

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