Members of ICAO have backed plans for an online resource that assesses the risk of global conflict zones.
“The taskforce we convened after the loss of MH17 identified that states and airlines could benefit from greater information sharing on conflict zones, including risks assessments for a given conflict area, and that a centralised online resource could help,” commented ICAO council president, Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.
The website, hosted by ICAO, would be a single source for up-to-date risk assessments and would link all risk assessment data with a suitable legal framework.
Members of ICAO also recommended a new 15-minute aircraft-tracking standard. It calls for a three-tiered approach for global aircraft tracking over the long-term, covering normal, abnormal and distress conditions.
“This new standard will be an important first step in providing a foundation for global flight tracking and the future implementation of the more comprehensive ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS),” said Aliu.
Plans will be sent to ICAO’s member states before the end of the month for formal comment and adoption is expected as soon as this Autumn.