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GADSS: Where Are We Now?

05/07/2021

The aircraft tracking element of the ICAO’s Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System (GADSS) initiative has consisted of multiple phases since its inception following the loss of MH 370. Phase one was that related to aircraft tracking, this was followed by phase two on autonomous distress tracking, the latter phase is the one on which international rule making is currently concentrated. Real Full Article

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Newer Planes Are Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data

04/21/2021

With few flights and even fewer passengers, the coronavirus pandemic unleashed a wave of challenges for airlines. Some have gone out of business and others are barely surviving as global passenger volume hovers at around 50 percent of 2019 levels. Without passengers to fill them, airlines have been retiring their older aircraft faster than normal. The more than 1,400 planes airplanes parked in 2020 that might not return to service is more than twice as many aircraft as would customarily be retired in a single year, according to a 10-year aviation…

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Rollout of Aireon in the Caribbean Could Start Next Year

04/14/2021

The US Federal Aviation Administration’s evaluation of Aireon space-based ADS-B in the Miami Oceanic and Caribbean area has been extended due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, such as shutdowns and staffing issues. But Aireon CEO Don Thoma is optimistic that a new set of procedures will be agreed this year to support a rollout next year. The trial, which began in March 2020, is still in place, Thoma tells Runway Girl Network. “We have extended it due to COVID. As you can imagine, access to facilities has…

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The Way Aircraft Fly Across The Atlantic Could Change Radically For The Better

03/24/2021

In recent years there has been a considerable focus on cutting emissions from aviation to stop global warming. Even though aviation only makes up around 2% of the total problem, the percentage is expected to rise as other contributors make positive changes. Airlines like British Airways have been trialling biofuels and investing in biofuel production plans. However, it’s not just the airlines that need to act to cut emissions in aviation. The UK’s skies are some of the most complex and crowded globally. This inevitably leads to delays, and therefore…

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