Published on : Monday, April 1, 2019
Etihad Airways implements new flight tracking technology meeting the global aeronautical distress and safety system recommendations for flight tracking by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
The airways meets the GADSS recommendation of tracking its flights with position updates every 15 minutes under normal conditions as well as tracking at the frequency of once-per minute when an aircraft is in distress.
Airlines are expected to introduce the latter by 2021 by the ICAO.
Etihad Airways adopted Sitaonair’s Aircom FlightTracker system which utilises FlightAware data services to provide the precise position, speed and altitude of the airlines airborne fleet worldwide. FlightAware integrates global aircraft position data from the Aireon space-based automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast system, hosted on the Iridium Next satellite constellation.
John Wright, vice president network operations, Etihad Airways, said: “Safety of our guests and crew at Etihad Airways remains our number one priority.
It is ground-breaking milestone. As an international airline operating across some areas with limited ground-based receivers and air traffic surveillance, Etihad Airways now has comprehensive coverage, eliminating gaps over the oceanic regions, large parts of the African continent and polar airspace.
The Aireon space-based ADS-B system provides universal coverage of ADS-B equipped aircraft, with positions updated at least once per minute globally.