|SITA OnAir FlightTracker combines all available tracking sources to provide positioning. Photo: SITA OnAir|
[Avionics Today 06-18-2015] Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei and Norwegian Air Shuttle are the latest carriers to sign-up for SITA OnAir’s Aircom FlightTracker for aircraft tracking. The product uses existing equipment and re-purposes Air Traffic Control (ATC) data to provide consistent monitoring throughout the flight. The three airlines will deploy it throughout their entire fleets starting this month.
Several airline customers have worked with SITA OnAir to define the functions and features of Aircom, such as Singapore Airlines who provided the requirements for the next generation FlightTracker.
“Using multiple sources of data, we can track all our aircraft at 15 minute intervals or less. It also provides the most accurate data, using ‘smoothing’ to combine position sources,” said Chief Operating Officer Geir Steiro at Norwegian Air Shuttle. “A bonus feature is the unique way it integrates ATC data into our systems- it will give us valuable insight into our operations and how we can improve them,” he continued.
SITA OnAir is also working on the definition and development of a new system to detect and report unusual situations, in accordance with recent International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) discussions.