Etihad Airways recently completed the implementation of recommendations by International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS), ahead of the General Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA’s) proposed deadline of 1 June 2019.
The feat was achieved via the airline’s adopted SIATAONAIR AIRCOM FlightTracker system, which utilises FlightAware data services to pinpoint the exact location and speed of one of its aircraft in flight.
John Wright, Vice President Network Operations, Etihad Airways said: “Safety of our guests and crew at Etihad Airways remains our number one priority. Implementing this technology across our entire network is an exciting and ground-breaking milestone and we’re thrilled to have achieved this before the local mandate is in full effect.”
FlightAware combines aircraft position data from Aireon space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system, hosted on the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation. The space-based ADS-B system provides universal coverage of ADS-B equipped aircraft, with positions updated at least once per minute.
“In addition to the provision of real-time 4D aircraft positions, the technology offers other insightful capabilities to both anticipate and avoid adverse weather conditions and optimise fuel efficiency,” added Wright.