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Inmarsat to provide free global airline tracking service

May 14, 2014 Technology No Comments Email Email

In advance of the conference on aircraft tracking being hosted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal on Monday 12th May, Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications safety services, today confirmed that it has proposed to ICAO a free global airline tracking service over the Inmarsat network, as part of the anticipated adoption of further aviation safety service measures by the world’s airlines following the loss of flight MH370. This service is being offered to all 11,000 commercial passenger aircraft, which  are already equipped with an Inmarsat satellite connection, virtually 100% of the world’s long haul commercial fleet.

In addition to this free global airline tracking service, Inmarsat will also offer both an enhanced position
reporting facility to support reduced in-flight aircraft separation, and a ‘black box in the cloud’ service,
under which – on the back of certain defined trigger events (such as an unapproved course deviation)
– historic and real-time flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder information can be streamed off
an aircraft to defined aviation safety recipients.

Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said: “We welcome and strongly support ICAO’s decision to place the
delivery of next generation aviation safety services at the heart of the industry’s agenda at its meeting
on 12th
May. Inmarsat has been providing global aviation safety services for over 20 years and we are
confident that the proposals we have presented to ICAO and IATA represent a major contribution to
enhancing aviation safety services on a global basis. In the wake of the loss of MH370, we believe this
is simply the right thing to do.

“Because of the universal nature of existing Inmarsat aviation services, our proposals can be
implemented right away on all ocean-going commercial aircraft using equipment that is already
installed. Furthermore, our leading aviation safety partners are fully supportive of expanded use of the
ADS-C Service through the Inmarsat network. This offer responsibly, quickly and at little or no cost to
the industry, addresses in part the problem brought to light by the recent tragic events around MH370.”

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