Because of the unprecedented situation with Malaysian Airlines Flight (MH 370), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced it will conduct a special meeting on the global tracking of airline flights. The ICAO is an agency of the United Nations, and it is inviting both government and industry experts to discuss the global tracking issue at the meeting.
The ICAO recently established new guidelines for underwater locator beacons which will go into effect in 2018. Its Flight Recorder Panel is continuing to review new ways of expediting the location of accident sites including deployable flight recorders and triggered transmission of flight data. Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, indicated that the meeting will try to capitalize on the current momentum and focus on specific aircraft and satellite-based capabilities needed to allow global implementation of worldwide flight tracking. He said that the ICAO will continue to provide technical assistance to Malaysia as it investigates the missing plane, and he appreciated how the international community has been cooperating and contributing resources to this cause.
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