IATA has said that the Aircraft Tracking Task
Force (ATTF) expects to be in a position to deliver draft options
for enhanced global aircraft tracking to the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) in September, leading to presentation
to the industry before year-end.
Following the disappearance of MH370, IATA
announced plans to establish an industry task force to develop
recommendations to improve global flight tracking. The commitment
made at the time of the task force announcement was to have them
available by the end of 2014. IATA invited ICAO and key
stakeholders throughout the aviation industry to participate in
the ATTF. The first meeting of the group was held on 13 May 2014.
Separately, but in conjunction with IATA, ICAO
held a Special Multi-disciplinary Meeting on Global Flight
Tracking on 12-13 May. An outcome of the ICAO meeting was a
consensus among Member States and the international air transport
industry sector on the near-term priority to track airline
flights. ICAO will also begin considering performance-based
international standards, on a priority basis, to ensure broader
adoption of airline flight tracking across the aviation system.
ICAO and IATA are working together to conduct a
survey of vendors to identify options. Over the next few months,
the ATTF will develop a set of performance-based recommendations
to better ensure global aircraft tracking—meaning that there will
likely be a number of options that airlines can consider. These
recommendations will be developed through an assessment of
available products and services used for tracking commercial
aircraft against specific criteria, including factors such as
performance parameters, coverage, security, and cost.
Additionally, the ATTF will define a minimum set
of performance requirements that any system should achieve.
The ATTF includes representatives from IATA,
ICAO, Airlines for America, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines,
Civil Air Navigation Services Organization, Flight Safety
Foundation, International Coordinating Council of Aerospace
Industries Associations, International Federation of Air Line
Pilots Associations, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Airbus SAS,
Bombardier Aerospace, and Embraer Commercial Aviation.
“Aviation stakeholders are united in their
desire to ensure that we never face another situation where an
aircraft simply disappears,” said Kevin Hiatt, IATA Senior Vice
President, Safety and Flight Operations. “While States work
through ICAO to develop and implement performance-based global
standards, the industry is committed to moving forward with
recommendations that airlines can implement now.”
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