Real-time tracking proposal by September

Major airlines are united on the need for real-time tracking of commercial aircraft following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 and have not raised cost as a concern, a senior official with the United Nations’ aviation agency said recently in Kuala Lumpur.


Real-time tracking proposal by September


Major airlines are united on the need for real-time tracking of commercial aircraft following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 and have not raised cost as a concern, a senior official with the United Nations’ aviation agency said recently in Kuala Lumpur. Member countries of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) governing council agreed earlier this month on the need for global tracking, although they did not commit to a binding solution or timeline.

Instead, the global airline industry group, International Air Transport Association (IATA), agreed to come up with proposals for better tracking by the end of September. IATA said its members would implement measures voluntarily, before any rules were in place. “In principle the community has agreed. There’s no question this is something we need to do,” Nancy Graham, director of ICAO’s Air Navigation Bureau, told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.