Press release: ITU World Radiocommunication Conference will consider global flight tracking

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference resolution to enhance aviation safety

Busan, 31 October 2014 – ITU membership meeting in Busan, Republic of Korea for the Plenipotentiary Conference today passed an important resolution to improve global flight tracking for civil aviation. This follows the disappearance and loss of Flight MH370 in March 2014 with 239 people on board, which spurred worldwide discussions on global flight tracking and the need for coordinated action by ITU and other relevant organizations.

The new resolution adopted by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference instructs the forthcoming World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015 (WRC-15) to consider global flight tracking in its agenda and instructs the Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau to submit a specific report on the matter to WRC-15.  This report will include the results of the studies, which have been carried out in the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) for the last two years and are being accelerated as a result of this resolution. ITU-R Working Party 5B (in charge of aeronautical-related issues) is currently meeting in Geneva and working on this same topic.

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