Singapore Implements Aircraft Tracking To Meet ICAO Requirements

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Changi Airport Air Traffic Control Tower

Singapore Air Operators are required to establish tracking capabilities every 15 minutes when flying over any area.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has published new rules to improve the tracking of Singapore registered aircraft which is consistent with International Civil Aviation Organisation’s plans to require a 15-minute standard for normal flight tracking by November 2018.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 XWB parked at Changi Airport Terminal 3 Gate B8.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 XWB parked at Changi Airport Terminal 3 Gate B8.

The new rules will apply to Singapore air operators operating passenger aircraft of over 27,000kg and carrying more than 19 passengers and cargo aircraft of over 45,000kg. These aircraft are required to establish tracking capabilities that enable airlines to know the location of their aircraft at least every 15 minutes throughout the entire duration of the flight.

From 1 July 2016, airlines will be required to track their aircraft either manually or automatically. Automatic tracking would be required by 8 November 2018.

CAAS will also impose a requirement over the ICAO requirement for Singapore registered aircraft flying over any area instead of the international standard of just oceanic areas.

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