ICAO to propose new tracking standard
ICAO will propose a new standard that requires commercial aircraft to report their position every 15 minutes.
ICAO members are set to discuss the proposal at a major safety conference in Montreal in February.
In December, an IATA-led industry task force recommended that airlines start tracking planes in at least 15 minute intervals within 12 months, but this was met with a mixed reaction from airlines and IATA itself suggested some airlines would fail to meet this deadline.
Reuters quoted ICAO spokesman Anthony Philbin calling the ICAO scheme a "foundational” flight-tracking standard.
"If [member states] agree to the standard, the safety conference will also be asked how quickly it expects it to be implemented and if it would want ICAO to expedite that process," Philbin told Reuters. "Once our states have made their views known in that regard, we'll have a better idea of the time frame."