Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is a regional leader by having successfully implemented the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) recommendations for flight tracking ahead of the General Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA’s) proposed deadline of 1 June 2019.
With an ICAO completion date of 8 November
2018, Etihad Airways not only met the GADSS recommendation of tracking its flights
with position updates every 15 minutes under normal conditions, but also at the
frequency of once-per minute when an aircraft is in distress - exceeding a
component of ICAO’s 2021 requirements.
with SITA, Etihad Airways has achieved this superior capability with the
adoption of SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM® FlightTracker system, which utilises
FlightAware data services to provide the precise position, speed and altitude
of the airlines airborne fleet worldwide.
FlightAware integrates global aircraft
position data from the Aireon℠ space-based automatic dependent surveillance - broadcast (ADS-B) system,
hosted on the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation. The Aireon space-based
ADS-B system provides universal coverage of ADS-B equipped aircraft, with
positions updated at least once per minute globally, enabling Etihad Airways to
modernise its flight tracking capabilities across the entire globe.
John Wright, Vice President Network Operations,
Etihad Airways said: “Safety of our guests and crew at Etihad Airways remains
our number one priority. Implementing this technology across our entire network
is an exciting and ground-breaking milestone and we’re thrilled to have
achieved this before the local mandate is in full effect.”
As an international airline operating across
some areas with limited ground-based receivers and air traffic surveillance,
Etihad Airways now has comprehensive coverage, eliminating gaps over the oceanic
regions, large parts of the African continent and polar airspace.
“In addition to the provision of real-time 4D
aircraft positions, the technology offers other insightful capabilities to both
anticipate and avoid adverse weather conditions and optimise fuel efficiency,”
adds Mr. Wright.
Also, by leveraging existing onboard ADS-B
OUT technology, Etihad Airways is able to operate this new flight tracking
system without the need to install new equipment on its aircraft.