MEPs call for dedicated spectrum channel for ADS-B

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) meeting at a plenary session in Strasburg, have urged the EU Commission to lobby for a dedicated radio spectrum band for ADS-B at the upcoming World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva.

Noting that today’s flight tracking systems cover only parts of the globe, MEPs argue that using satellite-based tracking systems would help to determine the location of an aircraft in the event of abnormal behaviour, an emergency or an accident, and improve the effectiveness of search, rescue and accident investigation efforts.Satellite-based tracking systems should not be affected by the loss of normal electrical power on board aircraft and neither should it be possible to disable them during the flight, says the text, which was approved on Thursday 29 October.The newly adopted formal position of the European Parliament has been welcomed by national civil aviation authorities."We are very pleased that the resolution was adopted with overwhelming support from the plenary. It now stands as an official position of the European Parliament and demonstrates broad support for this action," said Roberta Neri, chief executive officer, ENAV, the agency responsible for providing air traffic services in Italy. "A primary spectrum allocation will ensure that the world's aviation community has access to the next-generation air traffic surveillance capability of space-based ADS-B to improve global safety and efficiency. It is imperative that we make safety a priority and it is encouraging that Parliament has made this critical issue a key objective during the WRC.""The European Parliament has set the standard in supporting this action and as the Air Navigation Service Provider in Canada, we fully support this initiative from the other side of the Atlantic," said John Crichton, president and chief executive officer, NAV CANADA. "Primary spectrum allocation for space-based global flight tracking is putting safety first. It is our primary goal and main objective in maintaining our airspace."

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