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FSF seeks international confab on aircraft monitoring

The Flight Safety Foundation has called on the commercial aviation industry and national civil aviation authorities to collaborate to address the current state of technology and needs to incorporate practical in-flight aircraft monitoring and communications systems.

This is coming on the heels of the Malaysian government’s announcement that flight MH 370 ended in the Indian Ocean.

The FSF in, a statement on Monday, said that the international symposium would help to enhance location tracking.

The Chairman, FSF Board of Governors, Mr. David NcMillian, was quoted in the statement as saying, “We will hopefully know soon what happened on this tragic flight.

“We do know, however, that emerging technology exists to provide much more real-time data about aircraft operations and engine performance. That data can help us unlock mysteries, leading to timely safety improvements and more focused search and rescue missions.”

The Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, FSF, Mr. Kenneth Hylander, said, “Satellite communications, navigation, and surveillance systems also represent efficient ways of tracking aircraft, especially over water.

“Given the existing technology, we simply should not be losing contact with aircraft for unknown reasons. Out of respect for the families, it’s also time for the media speculation to stop, and for a knowledgeable, responsible, professional dialogue to begin to examine technological options for practical tracking of aircraft.”

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