Aviation safety issues and actions

Aircraft tracking

Issue number: AE-2014-054-SI-02
Who it affects: Aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers, and aircraft equipment manufacturers
Issue owner: State regulators
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AE-2014-054
Issue release date: 03 October 2017
Current issue status: Safety action pending

Safety issue description

While there has been significant enhancements in the tracking of commercial aircraft in recent years there are some limitations to the improvements. The ICAO mandated 15-minute position tracking interval for existing aircraft may not reduce a potential search area enough to ensure that survivors and wreckage are located within a reasonable timeframe.

Recommendation

Action number: AE-2014-054-SR-048
Action organisation: State regulators
Date: 03 October 2017
Action status: Released

The ATSB recommends that States ensure that sufficient mechanisms are in place to ensure a rapid detection of, and appropriate response to, the loss of aircraft position or contact throughout all areas of operation.

Recommendation

Action number: AE-2014-054-SR-049
Action organisation: Aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers, and aircraft equipment manufacturers
Date: 03 October 2017
Action status: Released

The ATSB recommends that aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers, and aircraft equipment manufacturers investigate ways to provide high-rate and/or automatically triggered global position tracking in existing and future fleets.

Last update 23 August 2018