IATA Urges Mumbai ATC to Implement New Surveillance Broadcast System for Better Communication with Aircraft


The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 290 airlines globally, has written to the Mumbai air traffic control (ATC) to implement the Space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (SADS-B) system sooner for effective communication with flights over the country’s oceanic regions.

This comes after the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has successfully run trials of the system for the last six months.

SADS-B is a technology that not only allows an aircraft to automatically send its location updates via satellites to traffic controllers but also assesses and allows requests from pilots to deviate from their original flight route in case of bad weather (cyclone like conditions) over the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.

HT had earlier reported about the safety advantages of the system that has also received positive feedback from both the Mumbai and Chennai ATC.

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