Real time tracking mandated for Indian aircraft

India’s regulatory body for civil aviation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has recently issued guidelines to airlines requiring real time tracking of aircraft in the wake of the ongoing mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.


Real time tracking mandated for Indian aircraft


India’s regulatory body for civil aviation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has recently issued guidelines to airlines requiring real time tracking of aircraft in the wake of the ongoing mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. But no deadline for the implementation of the real time tracking system has been given.

The directives, which were sent to the airline operators in the form for passenger as well as cargo flights run by both scheduled and nonscheduled operators domiciled in India.

Airlines will now have to use onboard Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) or Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) to track their flights.

Operators will also have to ensure the serviceability of ACARS or ADS-B, depending on the system they use, before every departure, said the DGCA circular that was sent to the airlines on 5 May. Airlines servicing flights over areas with no ACARS or ADS-B coverage have been advised to devise a procedure for effective tracking of their aircraft. In addition, the regulator has ordered flight crews to report aircraft coordinates, speed and altitude every 15 minutes while flying over such areas.