Air Transport World

In hindsight, advanced recording. (air traffic control data-recording technology)

LONDON-Although there have been significant advances in ATC data-recording technology over the past three years that would enhance air safety considerably if implemented, the industry still is bound by obsolete regulations covering this sector, according to Mike Jones, chief executive of Walton Radar Systems.

Under the current ICAO rules, operators can decide whether to introduce such technology. ICAO recommends "radar from primary and secondary equipment used as an aid to air-traffic services should be automatically recorded for use in accident and incident investigations, search and rescue, ATC and radar-system evaluation and training.

"Analysis of titis recorded data is a valuable aid for the correction of errors in software and hardware, and will meet the needs for the investigation of incidents. …

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