Almost two years after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an agreement has now been found to prevent an airplane ever disappearing again from radar screens.
The UN has decided to allocate radio frequency spectra for the monitoring of civil aircraft flights. Satellites will receive the signals transmitted from aircraft and retransmit their exact positions every fifteen minutes, or every minute, in cases of distress operations. For the President and CEO of the company that developed this monitoring system, this could come into force within the coming months.
Don Thoma, President & CEO of Aireon: watch the interview in the video.
This is a major advance, since today, such monitoring is impossible. Aircraft in flight are located by ground-based radars unable to cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface that is water, plus vast areas of deserts and mountainous areas, simply because radars do not exist in those areas.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has now to put this system into place. Its financial cost will have to be borne by the airlines, but the benefit will be that no other civil airplanes will ever disappear from radar screens again.