Australia will lead a trial of new global aircraft tracking system which halves current reporting time to 15 minutes

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Australia, along with Malaysia and Indonesia, is leading a trial of a new aircraft tracking system, which halves the reporting time of positioning from 30-40 minutes to every 15 minutes.

The trial of the tracking system, which has been developed in response to the disappearance of flight MH370 almost one year ago, is aimed as improving tracking over oceans.

The system is designed to respond more rapidly so that air traffic control knows where a plane is and can predict its next position with more accuracy.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) proposed the new standard in January and it was debated at a major air safety conference in Montreal last month.

Wide-bodied long haul flights will be fitted with the technology which Airservices Australia said is a “significant step forward to ensuring public of safety in air travel”.

The trial will start at Brisbane, then Melbourne, followed by Indonesia and Malaysia.

Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia assisted in the system’s development.

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