Avionics giant Rockwell Collins has started a trial programme for its flight tracking software, ARINC MultiLink.
The system, launched in March, is being tested by nine undisclosed regional and international airlines. ARINC MultiLink uses multiple data sources including ADS-B, ADS-C and ASDI radar data to determine the location of an aircraft.
Rockwell Collins claims that the system will meet ICAO’s recommendation following the disappearance of MH370 that in future aircraft should transmit position data every 15 minutes.
The system will also notify airlines when an aircraft deviates from its flight path or stops reporting data.
Yun Chong, VP commercial aviation services for information management services at the OEM, said: “Having multiple data sources helps us provide a more accurate position and increases the likelihood that at least one data source will always be available. We are evaluating other data feeds that contain positional data that could be incorporated into the service.”
The system is expected to enter service later this year.