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10 Avionics Technologies, Concepts Being Researched Right Now

1. Space-Based ADS-B for Reduced Oceanic Separation The FAA is developing a business case to establish reduced separation requirements for airplanes flying in U.S.-controlled oceanic airspace. A government-industry body, the Enhanced Surveillance Task Group (ESTG) has determined that the way to do this is by introducing space-based ADS-B into oceanic airspace controlled by the FAA. The questions now — how to pay for that and how to prove it would be effective, considering the mixed avionics equipage status of aircraft flying in U.S. oceanic airspace. Read Full Article

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Malaysia Air Is First Airline to Track Fleet With Satellites

Malaysia Air, which lost a wide-body jet with 239 people aboard three years ago in one of history’s most enduring aviation mysteries, has become the first airline to sign an agreement for space-based flight tracking of its aircraft. The subsidiary of Malaysian Airline System Bhd reached a deal with Aireon LLC, SITAONAIR and FlightAware LLC to enable it to monitor the flight paths of its aircraft anywhere in the world including over the polar regions and the most remote oceans, according to an emailed press release from Aireon. Read Full…

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The satellite system that could avoid another MH370: Radical scheme to track aircraft wherever they are to be fully operational in 2018

A fleet of 66 satellites carrying airplane-tracking technology could soon keep tabs on the position, speed, and altitude of aircraft all around the world. Iridium launched the first ten satellites in January, and so far, two have been switched on and begun to send back data. It comes three years after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and experts say the new system could ensure that flights no longer go unaccounted for. Read Full Article

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Soon we’ll actually know where planes are as they fly over the ocean

In January, Iridium launched the first ten of 66 satellites that will, for the first time, be able to continuously track airplanes’ position, speed, and altitude across the entire globe. Although the network won’t be operational until the end of 2018 at the earliest, two of the satellites have already been switched on, and they started to send back data a few weeks ago. “When we activated, we started collecting targets of opportunity. These are just any aircraft flying,” says Vinny Capezzuto, CTO of Aireon, which is the company that…

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