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Real-time flight tracking makes it impossible for this airline's flights to disappear

Real-time flight tracking makes it impossible for this airline's flights to disappear
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Last year was marred by two unthinkable airplane crashes - the Malaysia Airlines and AsiaAir tragedies. The disasters were complicated because both planes had seemingly disappeared, leaving officials struggling to find out where they crashed. We can track our jogging routes and pizza deliveries in real time, so why can't we find lost planes? Canadian airline First Air can thanks to technology added to its planes.

Each First Air plane is outfitted with a device that uses the Iridium satellite system to send out real- time location information in emergency situations. It takes just 15 seconds for the information to transmit from the plane to officials on the ground.

According to the company, it automatically transmits four-dimensional GPS-based position and flight data recorder information, including real-time positioning, when triggered by an airborne event.

The technology is extremely necessary for First Air, because it serves many remote locations in Canada and planes can drop off radar. But, the technology seems like it would benefit any airline in an emergency situation, so why aren't they all using it?

Next page: Find out why airlines aren't using the system
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