At the onset of the Operations Conference held in early April in Kuala Lumpur, IATA announced the formation of a Task Force to evaluate options and deliver an industry position related to enhanced aircraft tracking by December 2014. Endorsed and actively supported by the Operations Committee, members of the Aircraft Tracking Task Force (ATTF) currently include subject matter experts from IATA, ICAO, airlines, airframe and avionics manufacturers, ANSPs, pilot associations, as well as research and modeling entities. The ATTF will add other subject matter experts as needed.
The primary output of the ATTF is to identify a near term set of options to ensure that commercial air transport flights are tracked throughout their operations. The ATTF will focus on existing equipage and procedures to identify existing options to enhance flight tracking capabilities. IATA is engaging directly with flight tracking product and service providers to evaluate current and planned capabilities and is working with ICAO to ensure that any options made will be considered for potential guidance material and future Standards for States.
The ATTF will provide its initial options for consideration to the OPC and ICAO in September. The OPC will have this as an agenda item at the 7 October meeting and will develop recommendations for the Board.
There continues to be tremendous media interest in the work of the ATTF as evidenced by the focus during the AGM. IATA will continue to address media inquiries in order to maintain transparency related to the work of the task force, but will defer any discussion of next steps pending the recommendations made by the ATTF.