THE UK has launched a global flight-tracking system that can locate planes anywhere in the word to prevent another MH370 disappearance mystery.
The satellite air traffic surveillance system, which will start by tracking planes over the North Atlantic, has been hailed a “revolution in the skies”.
Some experts believe the MH370 pilot may have deliberately dodged radar for hours to ensure the plane was never found
US-based company Aireon developed the GPS system to fill the holes in radar coverage – some 70 per cent of global airspace.
It will allow for real-time tracking updates to some of the most remote places on the globe.
The system is now live in the UK and Canada to manage air traffic across the North Atlantic.
“For the first time in history, we can surveil all ADS-B-equipped aircraft anywhere on earth,” said Don Thoma, chief executive of Aireon.
The new technology may be the solution to preventing another mystery like the MH370 disappearance.
Some experts believe that rogue pilot, Zaharie Amad Shah, may have deliberately dodged radar for hours to ensure the plane was never found.MH370 PILOT ‘DELIBERATELY DODGED RADAR’
It’s been claimed that the 239 passengers on board the Malaysia Airlines flight were the victims of a “deliberate” and “suicidal” act carried out by the pilot.
Simon Hardy, a pilot and instructor, said that Shah deliberately dodged Malaysian and Thai military radar by skirting along their borders.
The new system means that the plane would have been tracked for its entire flight.
Passenger and commercial airliners are currently tracked using ground-based radar and ADS-B receivers.
These allow planes to broadcast their positions in precise intervals to ground-based radar, but not in real time.
Ground radar is limited and can’t track airplanes over oceans or remote areas.
The planes have until now broadcast their position every 10 to 15 minutes via satellite when flying over the ocean, with a single, short data transmission.
Mr Thoma said it would “radically optimise flight safety and efficiency”.
Tracking planes through ocean airspace will also allow airlines to fly more efficiently, Aireon said.
It claimed that could save airlines up to $300 (£230) and two tonnes of CO2 on every transatlantic flight.
This is because air traffic controllers expect to fit more planes into the busy Atlantic corridors, where flights have had to follow set routes at set speeds and heights to ensure safety.
Traffic is predicted to grow by more than 50 per cent in the next decade from about 500,000 transatlantic flights per year.
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Some 95 per cent of that traffic is already equipped with ADS-B technology, which will become mandatory in the US and Europe next year.
Martin Rolfe, the chief executive of the UK’s air traffic control service, NATS – an investor in Aireon – said it was a “revolution in the skies”.
He said: “We’ve gone from seeing aircraft positions every 14 minutes to every eight seconds.”
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