Monday, January 09, 2017

No airspace data sharing with Pakistan

With bilateral relations between India-Pakistan continuing to remain fragile, the trust deficit emanating out of it is likely to affect the co-operation in civil aviation airspace. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) which is planning to install Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), a surveillance based technology for civil aviation safety on buoyancy all around the country's oceanic boundaries has recently showed its apprehension to UN backed International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), about sharing the data with its hostile neighbour. The insiders feel that data which has live update about the exact positions of the aircraft apart from other sensitive details may be misused by anti-social or non-state actors from the country to harm India's interests.

"We have informed ICAO of our apprehensions in regard to sharing of data which is going to be tremendous in near future," said PK Bandopadhyay, ED (Planning), CNS, AAI during DISHA, a seminar held in Delhi to discuss the development of indigenous technologies in civil aviation. Talking about installing ADS-B on water using buoyancy Bandopadhyay said, "It will make the plane constantly remain in contact with the ground."

ICAO has been asking the airlines and aviation regulators around the world to develop a foolproof mechanism by way of which the aircraft's position and its related data can be continuously tracked at all time when the plane is in air. The demand gained thrust after a Malaysian airline plane MH370 went missing in 2014 without an iota of trace, leading the investigators high and dry.
08/01/17 Shahkar Abidi/DNA