FAA Requiring All Flights to Have GPS Tracking System by 2020
April 15, 2014 1:25 PM
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It will fill in the spots radar can't reach
After a recent
missing Malaysian Airlines flight
, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to mandate GPS-based aircraft tracking on planes.
, the FAA will require that all planes have a GPS tracking system called Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) radio network by 2020.
ADS-B allows controllers to monitor an aircraft using GPS satellite tracking instead of current ground-based radar. The problem with radar is that it doesn't cover some spots around the world, and ADS-B will make sure those particular spots are accounted for (as well as everywhere else around the globe).
Currently, only 100 of the 230 air traffic facilities across the country use ADS-B. But by 2020, all will be onboard. The U.S. already has the ground stations in place for their use, so now it's just a matter of equipping planes with the system.
In addition to tracking planes, the new system will also provide pilots with more accurate, real time information, like weather, when in flight.
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RE: Old news.
4/16/2014 8:20:40 AM
I don't know about the MH370 flight, but all the planes I have ever flown have a magnetic compass. From the maps I have seen, it almost looks like they intentionally flew away from land, and it appears they did that for many hours.
I believe Charles Lindbergh made it clear across the Atlantic with nothing more than some charts and a compass. Back then, pilots learned to fly with much less automation.
RE: Old news.
4/17/2014 3:16:51 PM
You weren't paying attention to what I said. Essentially it was the electrical wiring was compromised. Maybe this affects the compass too.
I think it is much better to believe the pilots made the right choices, or if they made the wrong ones it was because they believed they were the right ones, than to believe this was some planned malevolent act. Sure, I could be wrong, but I would rather be wrong than to malign people who, as I see it, have been trained and dedicated the last 20 years (or whatever) of their lives to doing the right things.
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