Posted on: 02 March 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Following a resolution made by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on 6 February to adopt a new 15-minute tracking standard for commercial aircraft, Inmarsat has announced partnerships with Airservices Australia, Qantas and Virgin Australia to trial improved flight tracking services.
Inmarsat is working with these new partners to develop the operational concept for the trial, using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) satellite technology in Australia’s oceanic regions.ADS-C provides air traffic controllers with a constantly updated surveillance picture of their airspace,thereby allowing safe and efficient oceanic operations.
Airservices Australia is the first Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) to trial the ICAO standard, utilising Inmarsat’s global flight tracking ADS-C messaging service. 11,000 commercial passenger aircraft are already equipped with an Inmarsat satellite connection, representing over 90% of the world’s long haul commercial fleet.
Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said: “This is an important step in improving international airline safety and we are very pleased to be working with Airservices Australia and our industry partners to implement this enhanced flight tracking service.
“We applaud ICAO’s decision to announce the new tracking standard and believe that we are well placed to help implement the standard given our existing global satellite coverage and the time-frame proposed. Inmarsat’s heritage is in safety and we stand ready to coordinate normal and abnormal flight tracking services with the airlines and the ANSPs.”