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Global flight tracking standards take effect as first step in radical GADSS distress safety system

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New international rules that mean airlines must report their fleet’s flight positions every 15 minutes become official today more than four years since the March 2014 disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. (airtrafficmanagement.keypublishing.com) More...

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Henney
Alan Henney 1
Just how far can a jetliner get in 15 minutes?
Moviela
'bout 125 miles.
gerardogodoy
Great job for the safety of so many.
SoNic67
SoNic67 1
Data streaming would be definitely a huge step ahead,but this will be an added on-going expense that will be reflected in the tickets price.

Global ADS-B via satellite is probably less expensive at this point, and with updates at rate one per minute, maybe not so expensive. Obviously less instrumentation data will be available.
jeffbeaumont
The public should expect no less than live tracking. Ticket price should see no increase, cost should be paid for out of the fuel tax that is already being paid for by the airline. The passenger is already being victimized by the airlines, safety is the responsibility of the airline and by the governments of the subsidized airlines. Many of the fixed costs are in place and the safety issue should not be one more excuse to rape the flying passenger.
ssobol
What is the actual additional cost? It shouldn't be much. The aircraft systems are in place, the satellites are in place, the protocols are all there.

If 15 minute tracking costs enough to show up as a ticket price increase, then someone is price gouging.
ADXbear
ADXbear -1
Isnt this one of the primary jobs if a flight dispatcher..?
mikehe
"ADXbear": I would offer a counterpoint. The dispatcher sends the aeroplane off; what MH370 exposed was a gap in the process thereafter. Additionally, if something is automated, then human brains can concentrate on investigating the "anomalies" as they occur.

This development has to be a good step forward. Discuss?

It is interesting, on reading the article, that Airbus and Boeing differ in their planned next steps. Airbus are considering an ejectable recorder (sound like Star Trek") whilst Boeing are looking at data streaming. Roll on 2021!

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