ADS-B Will Soon Simplify Search-and-Rescue Efforts
by Eric Olson | 16 March 2018
On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China. Carrying 12 crew and 227 passengers, the Boeing 777-200ER jetliner contacted air traffic control by voice for the last time less than an hour into the flight, after which its transponder stopped functioning and it veered westward toward the Andaman Sea.
The plane vanished completely from radar range about an hour later, although it continued to fly for another several hours, responding periodically to status requests over its satellite communication system.
But without a way to pinpoint the aircraft’s position over the vast expanse of the open ocean, search-and-rescue efforts were in vain, and only a few pieces of debris scattered on beaches in the western Indian Ocean have ever been found. All 239 passengers and crew were presumed dead.
The event was a catalyst for efforts to institute more rigorous tracking standards for aircraft.
Bizav Market Poised for Takeoff
by Rolland Vincent | March 16, 2018
Clear indications of a tightened preowned business aircraft market are as welcome as flowers in spring. For-sale inventory levels now represent 9.4 percent of the in-service business jet fleet and just 6.9 percent of business turboprops, their lowest levels in more than 10 years.
Savvy buyers have had a field day recently, snapping up most of the young and most desirable inventory. There are currently just 130 business jets on the market that were delivered new in the last five years.
With a looming ADS-B Out implementation deadline of Dec. 31, 2019, the business aircraft marketplace is facing a long-overdue pruning over the next two to three years, barring any sudden arrival of a very-low-cost ADS-B upgrade solution.