New method of tracking aircraft to be tested

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The important part of the new method will be the fact that the tracking would increase to 5 minutes or less if there is a deviation in the plane’s movements. Satellite-based positioning technology already on board will be used. The trial will boost the frequency with which planes automatically report their position, allowing air traffic controllers to better track them, as the Airservices Australia chairman Angus Houston said. However,”this is not a silver bullet,” he added, because if transponder and other tracking equipment are shut down on the plane during the flight there is no possibility to detect the aircraft.

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