Following the conclusion of the International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) Second High Level Safety Conference in Montreal last week, Inmarsat announced its support of the regulatory body's recommendations to enhance aviation safety.
The mobile satellite communications provider welcomes ICAO's conclusion that countries and industry should urgently implement global tracking.
ICAO wants to see flight tracking implemented as quickly as possible as part of the proposed Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS).
Inmarsat said that it is ready to participate in the adoption of a performance-based standard for global tracking of commercial aircraft.
In fact, Inmarsat has been active in the flight tracking field, particularly the use of Automatic Development Surveillance - Contract (ADS-C) capabilities, which can support flight tracking activities.
ADS-C provides active aircraft position tracking by transmitting the aircraft's current position and the next two planned positions, allowing flight dispatchers and air traffic controllers to track the aircraft's progress and predict its next position.
ADS-C surveillance has already enabled increased aviation capacity and more efficient use in the oceanic regions. Contracts can be set to respond automatically at predetermined time intervals and to provide additional conformance monitoring capabilities.
According to a media statement, over 90 percent of today's wide-bodied trans-oceanic aircraft are currently equipped with avionics compatible for ADS-C use. This means that the solution can be rapidly deployed to ensure global harmonisation and operational seamlessness.
"Inmarsat has been powering aviation safety since the introduction of oceanic surveillance and communications services in the early 1990s. Safety is our heritage and our future," said Mary McMillan, Vice President of Safety and Operational Services at Inmarsat.
"Our focus is to work with all aviation partners to develop reliable safety services and effective operational practices. Inmarsat is looking forward to working with ICAO, member states, airlines and all air navigation stakeholders leading to an expedited implementation of the GADSS concept," she added.
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