SITA is to launch an innovative technology
solution which will allow airlines to track their aircraft.
solution, which is currently being evaluated by several airlines
for testing, will utilize technology that is already installed in
the aircraft to provide advanced tracking capabilities.
The SITA Aircom Server Flight Tracker solution will enable airlines to
track aircraft movements by merging SITA’s airline dispatcher
center system and airline operations center system (Aircom)
Server, with its Future Air Navigation System (FANS) ground
application, which is available to Air Navigation Service
The FANS system is already installed in many
aircraft, so the solution does not call for extensive additional
cost or investment by the airlines.
“SITA is 100%
owned by the air transport community and has worked with its
aviation industry partners to define next generation technology
for more than 65 years. Pending development, trials and testing,
we will be able to bring this advanced aircraft tracking solution
to the industry meeting a pressing need,” said Francesco Violante, CEO of SITA. “The strong upside of our innovative
solution is that it can be developed quickly and it will only add
minimal cost to the airlines as it will utilize existing systems
on the aircraft.”
The SITA Aircom Server Flight Tracker
solution will allow end-to-end flight tracking on conditions and
parameters the airline sets through their own ADS (Automatic
Dependent Surveillance) contract. This in turn will help the
airline to react to different aircraft events, including adapting
the pace of tracking as appropriate. The solution can be fully
managed from the ground and is not dependent on actions from the
crew or cockpit as the data is sent automatically after
Using the new SITA Aircom Server Flight
Tracker solution, airline flight dispatchers will be alerted to
unexpected aircraft movements by using the FANS Automatic
Dependent Surveillance – Contract (ADS-C) application to request
aircraft position reports across the ANSPs borders. This will
avoid any gaps between ANSP tracking of the aircraft and will cover areas where ANSPs do not yet have FANS ground systems.
Airlines will also be able to see any unexpected loss of contact
between their aircraft and air traffic control FANS ground systems
by monitoring their aircraft’s use of FANS Air Traffic Services
(ATS) Facilities Notification exchanges to log on to and hand off
between ANSP FANS ground systems.
The catalyst for
developing the solution is the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) Special Meeting on Global Flight Tracking of
Aircraft held in May where airlines were encouraged to use
existing equipment and procedures to the extent possible to
support flight tracking. The meeting resulted in the development
of a Task Force led by both ICAO and the International Air
Transport Association (IATA) to further evaluate possible
solutions to enhance flight tracking.
airlines using the new SITA solution can also benefit from the
latest Inmarsat proposition for aircraft tracking reports. SITA
provides over 150 airlines’, flying more than 10,000 aircraft,
with communications services for their Aircraft Communications and
Reporting Systems (ACARS) cockpit data link systems through its
global Aircom network. This network consists of 1400 VHF radio
stations and links via satellite.
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