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GADSS (Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System)

Shortly after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a special Multidisciplinary Meeting on Global Flight Tracking (MMGFT) was convened at the ICAO Headquarters to propose recommendations for future actions. One of the main decisions taken was the need for operators to pursue global tracking of airline flights at a faster pace.

GADSS concept of operations was initiated at this meeting

The Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) concept of operations was initiated at this meeting. The GADSS concept describes the execution of actions in the short, medium and long terms with each action resulting in benefits. The first steps in implementing the GADSS can be taken in the short term by implementing the Normal Aircraft Tracking solutions as proposed by the Industry led Aircraft Tracking Task Force (ATTF) for commercial air transport and by addressing the areas of improvement identified in GADSS Document.

High-Level Safety Conference in February 2015

During the second High-Level Safety Conference in February 2015, the delegates supported the GADSS concepts of operations and called upon ICAO to lead the conduct of a Normal Aircraft Tracking Implementation Initiative (NATII) using existing technologies. NATII Steering Committee, with global participation, was formed and the Asia Pacific Region was selected as a representative area of operations for the initiative.

Timeline

Date Event
 1 June 2009  Air France Flight 447
 8 March 2014  Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
 1 April 2014  Creation of an Aircraft Tracking Task Force (ATTF) by IATA
 12–13 May 2014      ICAO hosted the Special Multidisciplinary Meeting on Global Flight Tracking (MMGFT)
[Recommendations] [Meeting Documentation
 11 November 2014      Report and Recommendations produced by the Aircraft Tracking Task Force [Report
 12 June 2015      Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System (GADSS) concept of operations made by the Adhoc Working Group on Aircraft Tracking [Report
 2–5 February 2015  The Second ICAO High Level Safety Conference (HLSC 2015) [Presentation] [Working Papers
 1 September 2015
     Normal Tracking Implementation Initiative (NATII) update [Report] [Australian Enhanced Flight Tracking Evaluation
 March 2016      ICAO Council adoption of GADSS-related global aircraft tracking initiatives [Update]

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