DGCA orders airlines to track flights in real time

Any aircraft can be located by the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) or Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2014 1:10:04 am

In the wake of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered Indian scheduled, non-scheduled and cargo plane operators to track aircraft in real time.

The aviation regulator’s directive has been issued after the release of preliminary report in the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight by the ministry of transport, Malaysia. A Malaysian government statement said that the report had revealed that the location of wreckage is still unknown due to the fact that there is no real-time tracking of the aircraft.

Any aircraft can be located by the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) or Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

However, there are areas that are not covered by ACARS or ADS-B, which the aviation regulator wants to be covered through flight crew, who would report aircraft coordinates, speed and altitude every 15 minutes while flying over such areas.

“While commercial air transport aircraft spend considerable amount of time operating over remote areas, there is currently no international requirement for real time tracking of the aircraft,” the Malaysian government release said.

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