25 Jun 2015

Out of sight: Airlines test new technology to track missing flights

These last few years have been scary reminders that despite all of our technological advances, planes can still become lost without a trace. Airlines are hoping to respond to the issue with some technological ingenuity. According to a recent USA Today article, airlines are primed to test a new tracking system that would ping flights in 15-minute intervals. Experts are hoping to prevent tragedies like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and save lives.

The system, which is designed to keep tabs on planes in regions of the world where they can be difficult to track, should complete its testing phase somewhere in the Asia-Pacific by the fall of 2015. Airline officials are hoping the tests can lead to a new set of standards they could propose to governments and transportation industries on a global scale.

Leading the charge is the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 250 airlines worldwide. Its CEO, Tony Tyler, recently made an address at IATA’s annual conference in Miami Beach, where more than 1,000 of his industry colleagues gathered to hear the latest airline news from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and the CEOs of American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and a handful of foreign carriers.

Outside of this new technology, IATA had much to discuss, including the rare economic opportunity opening up with a new channel to Cuba, domestic growth in passenger traffic and a stagnant air cargo sector.

Click here to view the full story from USA Today.