Global Tracking Initiatives

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​Added Operational links to Surveillance information to determine the requirement for Aircraft Tracking and Aircraft Tracking Information Database


​GADSS Concept of Operations now available [Link]


​Update on GADSS-related global aircraft tracking initiatives [Update]

Shortly after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a special Multidisciplinary Meeting on Global Flight Tracking (MMGFT) was convened at the ICAO Headquarters in Montréal, Canada, 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.    

The Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) concept of operations was initiated at this meeting. The GADSS concept describes in an evolutionary manner 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.

During the second High-Level Safety Conference (HLSC) 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. A NATII Steering Committee, with global participation, was formed and the Asia Pacific Region was selected as a representative area of operations for the initiative.

This webpage will serve a repository of documents related to aircraft tracking. For further information, please contact us at  


1 June 2009Air France Flight 447
8 March 2014Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
1 April 2014Creation of an Aircraft Tracking Task Force (ATTF) by IATA
12 - 13 May 2014ICAO hosted the Special Multidisciplinary Meeting on Global Flight Tracking (MMGFT) [Recommendations] [Meeting Documentation]
11 November 2014Report and Recommendations produced by the Aircraft Tracking Task Force [Report]
12 June 2015Global 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 2016ICAO Council adoption of GADSS-related global aircraft tracking initiatives


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