ICAO adopts new provisions to prevent fate of MH370

The ICAO Council adopted new provisions aimed at preventing the loss of commercial aircraft experiencing distress in remote locations. The amendments to Annex 6 to the Chicago Convention (Operation of Aircraft) will take effect between now and 2021. They relate primarily to:

The requirement for aircraft to carry autonomous distress tracking devices which can autonomously transmit location information at least once every minute in distress circumstances.
The requirement for aircraft to be equipped with a means to have flight recorder data recovered and made available in a timely manner.

Extending the duration of cockpit voice recordings to 25 hours so that they cover all phases of flight for all types of operations.

The provisions relating to one-minute distress tracking are performance-based, meaning that airlines and aircraft manufacturers may consider all available and emerging technologies which can deliver the one-minute location tracking requirement specified…

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