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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    You may not have heard, but Amelia Earhart's plane was actually been found by Australian soldiers during the war, but it was overlooked. I am serious.

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    Angwin then told how another member of the patrol, Len Willoughby, had sent him a map of the patrol area that he’d taken as a souvenir from a pile of discarded equipment in 1945. [at]Willoughby had kept the map untouched until he mailed it to Angwin in 1993. When Angwin unfolded it to make a copy, he saw a series of [at]letters and numbers [at]written in the margins. There are few people in the world who would be able to recognise the [at]significance of those letters and numbers — “600H/P S3H/1 C/N1055” — but Billings, who had spent years working in Papua New Guinea, is one. “600HP is obviously horsepower,” he says. “S3H1 is the model of Earhart’s aeroplane engines — S3H1 Wasps, made by Pratt and Whitney.” But the most compelling of the numbers is CN1055. This was the unique construction number assigned to [at]Earhart’s airframe.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/lif...a6cef6835d20f2
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    The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) amended aircraft tracking standards, a response to the still-unresolved disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370, become applicable Nov. 8. The standards are the first of two phases of international airworthiness recommendations that will make ICAO’s Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) a reality.


    ICAO first adopted Amendment 39 to Annex 6 of its normal aircraft tracking standards and recommended practices (SARPs) in November 2015. The SARPs require operators to track aircraft operating under normal flight conditions every 15 minutes with an optional abnormal-event tracking capability. Most major airlines and business aviation operators are already able to meet these requirements and are awaiting further industry and regulatory guidance to meet the second phase of GADSS provisions that are still being technologically defined by ICAO.

    Those future requirements begin Jan. 1, 2021, and include a provision for new production airframes to be equipped with the ability to produce position reports once per minute when under abnormal flight conditions, independent of aircraft power and not isolatable. This tracking requirement must be capable of being activated remotely.


    ICAO’s other 2021 requirement is for new aircraft type designs to feature timely recovery of flight data, which could potentially occur in the form of automatic deployable flight recorders, or flight-data streaming. The ARINC Industry Activities global aircraft tracking working group is preparing standards that will further define the avionics capable of providing the type of tracking being sought by ICAO in its 2021 requirements.


    While the amendments officially become part of ICAO’s guidance, they’re not necessarily the same as an airspace mandate implemented by a civil aviation regulatory agency. Only individual civil aviation agencies with regulatory authority over their respective flight information regions (FIRs) — such as the FAA in the United States or the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Australia — can enact such mandates.


    Many civil aviation regulatory agencies across the globe, including those in China, Europe, Malaysia and Singapore have already issued mandates and published policy guidance documents for operators registered in their respective airspace around the 2018 provisions. As an example, India’s Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) published a new operations circular in October explaining the Nov. 8 provisions to operators registered there.


    “DGCA has implemented these SARPs by incorporating them in CAR Section 8 Series O Part II,” the circular said.


    The world’s largest civil aviation regulator, the FAA, has not published any such guidance. A request for comments from the FAA on the Nov. 8 applicability of ICAO’s aircraft tracking SARPs was not returned. ICAO does, however, identify the United States as one of the “states of chief importance in air transport” among its 36-member governing council.


    Airlines have been preparing to ensure they can meet the two phases of the ICAO GADSS provisions since they were first announced in 2016. Korean Air is installing Avionica’s satLINK MAX Iridium satellite communications system to comply with the positioning requirements established by the Korean Office of Civil Aviation (KOCA). Malaysia Airlines is also taking strides to avoid a future MH370 by adopting SITAONAIR’s Aircom Flight Tracker, a ground-based software system capable of gathering data from nearly every available air traffic surveillance source and medium including ADS-B, ACARS, ATC radar and FANS for the airline.


    Qatar Airways is the launch customer for the GlobalBeacon flight-tracking solution produced through a partnership between Aireon and FlightAware. Qatar is integrating FlightAware's Firehose Application Programming Interface (API) with its existing visualization tool in its flight operations center. Firehose provides secure transmission control protocol (TCP)-based streaming flight positions and flight status data via a combination of worldwide air traffic control data, ADS-B, Mode S Multilateration (MLAT) and aircraft datalink information.


    “FlightAware is already delivering Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data to nearly 2,000 aircraft around the world. In addition to GlobalBeacon, airlines and other aircraft operators are integrating the global, real-time dataset through our Firehose API and through FlightAware partners like SITAONAIR and Rockwell Collins,” Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware told Avionics International.


    The global aspect of GlobalBeacon will become a reality when Aireon’s space-based ADS-B network becomes fully operational. Aireon plans to complete testing and validation of space-based ADS-B after the final launch of the Iridium NEXT constellation, which is scheduled to occur Dec. 30. Space-based ADS-B is a payload on NEXT satellites.


    Aireon CEO Don Thoma said that GlobalBeacon goes above and beyond the Nov. 8 and Jan. 1, 2021, requirements from ICAO.

    “GlobalBeacon provides updates of at least once a minute now, allowing aircraft operators to not have to wait until 2021 to meet those requirements. The other component of the Jan. 1, 2021, recommendation is that the tracking component be operated through an independent source of electricity from the rest of the cockpit. ICAO is still working on the details for this component, but ADS-B looks like the most practical approach for this,” said Thoma.

    https://www.aviationtoday.com/2018/1...e-effect-week/



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    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Relatives of people who went missing on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014 have retrieved what they believe are new pieces of debris from the aircraft and will present them to the Malaysian government this week.

    Flight MH370 was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, when it disappeared and became one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.


    Malaysian and international investigators believe the jet veered thousands of miles off course from its scheduled route before eventually plunging into the Indian Ocean.




    But no one knows why.


    In all, 27 pieces of aircraft debris have been collected from various places around the world but only three wing fragments that washed up along the Indian Ocean coast have been confirmed to be from MH370.


    The next of kin said in a brief statement on Wednesday they would meet Malaysia’s transport minister on Friday “to hand over newly recovered debris”.





    Calvin Shim, whose wife was a crew member on the plane, told Reuters that the group planned to hand over five pieces of debris found off Madagascar, where some debris has been found before.


    The most recent discovery was in August, he said.


    In May, Malaysia called off a three-month search by U.S. firm Ocean Infinity, which spanned 112,000 sq km (43,243 sq miles) in the southern Indian Ocean and ended with no significant findings.


    It was the second major search after Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200 million ($144.80 million) search across an area of 120,000 sq km (46,332 sq miles) last year.


    Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had said in May that the country would consider resuming the search only if new clues come to light.

    In July, investigators released a 495-page report, saying the plane’s controls were likely deliberately manipulated to take it off course but they were not able to determine who was responsible.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-m...ws%29&&rpc=401

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    over five pieces of debris found off Madagascar, where some debris has been found before.
    Transported there by whose submarine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Transported there by whose submarine?
    The one in your overfertile imagination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The one in your overfertile imagination.
    Not to be dismissed until proven impossible.

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