Home' Asian Aviation : AAV May 2017 Contents Time. It’s always of the essence but never more so than in the event of
an aviation emergency. Disasters like Air France 447, EgyptAir Flight 804
and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 demonstrate the need for precise aircraft
position reporting – information that could make a critical difference in
time sensitive search-and-rescue operations. These incidents have helped
galvanize the air transport industry to do more in tracking aircraft over
oceanic and remote continental areas. In response, the International Civil
Aviation Organization Council (ICAO) adopted a new tracking standard
effective November 2018, for reporting an aircraft’s position at least every
Industry’s Implementation Challenges
It seems almost incomprehensible today that an airline could be unaware
of the precise location of its fleet but, as we know, it is possible. And
although aircraft operators and civil aviation authorities would seemingly
be supportive of flight tracking initiatives, reality – and economics – say
otherwise. New flight tracking and reporting systems may be prohibitively
expensive for aircraft operators. And so the question looms – is there truly
a solution that eliminates these concerns and offers a better alternative
Airlines’ Top Considerations for Flight Tracking
Airlines are looking for comprehensive global flight tracking solutions
that allow them to cost-effectively manage and monitor their fleets as
part of their complex day-to-day operations. Economically, it’s challenging
to dictate that airlines install new, prescriptive technologies for flight
tracking when less expensive, effective alternatives exist. Solutions that
use existing hardware for flight tracking are highly attractive because they
result in lower costs and faster implementations. In addition, the ability
to re-use existing data airlines are already downlinking reinforces the
resistance to new solutions.
– A Better Alternative
Recent flight disappearances demonstrate the need for flight tracking
solutions that rely on multiple data sources to provide aircraft positioning
reports, which enables robust and continued functionality during an
unexpected loss of an individual data feed. ARINC MultiLink
Collins’ flight tracking service, offers a comprehensive and cost-effective
solution for the world’s airlines. ARINC MultiLink is the only flight tracking
solution that merges six data sources from Automatic Dependent
Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C), High Frequency Data Link (HFDL)
performance data, Automatic Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B),
Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) radar data, EUROCONTROL
position information and Aircraft Communications Addressing and
Reporting System (ACARS®) to provide an aircraft’s position anywhere in
the world by automatically selecting the right combination of data feeds.
Most importantly, the service can sustain the loss of one or more data
feeds and still provide reasonably accurate positional data.
A key and differentiating element of ARINC MultiLink is its ability to
incorporate HFDL network performance data. Aircraft equipped with HFDL
automatically deliver network performance data directly to Rockwell
Collins. This data can be used in conjunction with other data sources to
provide highly accurate aircraft tracking everywhere around the globe.
Integration and Interoperability
ARINC MultiLink is available as an add-on to Rockwell Collins’ ARINC
or HermesTM/SkyviewTM products, which are currently
used by 125 airlines around the world, or as a data feed that can be
streamed to a carrier’s own situational display solution.
ARINC MultiLink can also be integrated with the ARINC Flight Data Display,
a new situational awareness display that provides a simple and clear visual
representation of an entire fleet.
This new web-based tool can also incorporate additional third-party data
sources (which may include position data) as they become available.
Beyond Position Reporting
With the ARINC Flight Data Display, aircraft locations are accurately
displayed in a user interface that identifies any gaps in position reporting.
A range of alerts are available for events such as “mute” aircraft or flight
plan deviations to quickly identify any issues. The ARINC Flight Data
Display, with the ARINC MultiLink data feed, supports ICAO’s standard of
less than 15-minute regular reporting in oceanic/remote airspace.
As we look to the future, flight tracking will continue to be an important
topic in the aviation industry, particularly in light of the upcoming ICAO
standards. Rockwell Collins’ ARINC MultiLink data feed and new Flight Data
Display will enable carriers to accurately, efficiently and cost-effectively
meet ICAO’s flight tracking recommendations, providing a safer aviation
experience for passengers around the world – now and in the future.
The Flight Tracking Imperative
Learn more at rockwellcollins.com/fdd
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