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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4/17/2014 12:33:36 PM
Actually, the technology and Satellite infrastructure already exists to support ADS-B overwater. Globalstar has already proposed their system for such use and has an ADS-B box ready for certification. Inmarsat is another option as could possibly be ARINC and SITA. I can see a priority of transmission being established just like with ACARS based on your location - overland, transmit to ground sites, and over remote areas, transmit to satellites.
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