Getting Creative About Airliner Tracking


Representatives at a global aviation safety conference in Montreal liked the idea of requiring flight crews to report their positions to airline operations centers every 15 minutes, but it could take years to see the standards fully blessed and reflected around the world in laws and regulations. This is true despite the Montreal target date of November 2016.

Rather than trying to tame a bureaucracy that might not be tameable, the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization and its air navigation chief, Nancy Graham, are getting creative. They want the airlines and aviation authorities to just do it.