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DGCA sets new aircraft tracking rules

Reuters  New Delhi, May 07, 2014
First Published: 15:59 IST(7/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:33 IST(7/5/2014)

India's civil aviation regulator said on Wednesday it has set new rules for local airlines to ensure real time tracking of aircraft, a decision it said was prompted by the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

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The new rules will apply to both passenger and cargo planes, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a statement.

It said carriers have been asked to use onboard Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) or Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) for real time tracking.

The regulator also asked airlines to devise a procedure for effective tracking of aircraft while flying over areas where there is no coverage from ACARS or ADS-B.


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