SITA rolls out new flight tracking system

Malaysia Airlines will be the first carrier to implement global flight tracking using SITA OnAir’s AIRCOM FlightTracker, starting this summer.


SITA rolls out new flight tracking system


Malaysia Airlines will be the first carrier to implement global flight tracking using SITA OnAir’s AIRCOM FlightTracker, starting this summer. The airline has already conducted extensive testing of the technology, which uses existing equipment and re-purposes air traffic control data. This groundbased software upgrade allows airlines to follow aircraft positions and identify any unexpected deviations or gaps in position reports.

SITA OnAir has designed a solution that works using the AIRCOM Server ACARS message handling system, which airlines already have in place, so the cost and disruption are minimal. AIRCOM FlightTracker uses multiple sources of data that guarantees tracking intervals of at least every 15 minutes for every flight. The airline also has the option to configure the system to intervals of less than 15 minutes. In addition, AIRCOM FlightTracker enables the airline to proactively obtain ADS-C tracking data immediately when it detects a gap in data from other sources.

AIRCOM FlightTracker can also obtain one-off position reports from the Flight Management computers on short-haul aircraft that do not have FANS data link avionics.

Moving beyond the trial phase, Malaysia Airlines is now ready to roll out the system across its entire fleet. It will be the first airline to go live with deployment this summer, in under a year after the solution was launched in fast track mode in June 2014.