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


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.

It is the first – and arguably the least onerous requirement within a new set of standards – to be set by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) which in the months that followed the disappearance of the MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing developed the concept of the Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System or GADSS.

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