Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Track flights throughout journey: DGCA to carriers

New Delhi: Come November 8 and Indian carriers will have to track their aircraft throughout their journey. India had decided on this move after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines’ MH 370 on March 8, 2014, when flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and is now going to implement that.

The Boeing 777 that operating as as MH 370 is yet to be located. “Operator (airlines) shall establish an aircraft tracking capability to track aeroplanes throughout its area of operations. The operator should track the position of an aeroplane through automated reporting at least every 15 minutes… track the position of an aeroplane through automated reporting at least every 15 minutes for the portion(s) of the inflight operation(s) that is planned in an oceanic area (s),” says a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) civil aviation requirement titled “operation of commercial air transport” effective from October 18, 2018.
Under this, “aircraft tracking is applicable on and after November 8, 2018.” Among Indian carriers, Air India has the longest distance flights that operate over vast oceans like the Atlantic and Pacific (to and from the US) and the Indian Ocean (to and from Australia). A senior AI official said airlines will do this using “aircraft communications, addressing and reporting system” (ACARS) and “automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast” (ADS-B).
24/10/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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