Inmarsat to provide free commercial aircraft tracking

May 13, 2014 9:41 am

Communications satellite operator Inmarsat has proposed a free tracking service for all commercial passenger jets linked to its network, in response to the disappearance of Malaysian Air Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean, Bloomberg has reported. The service will be available to about 11,000 planes, almost all of the world’s long-haul fleet, the London-based company said. “In the wake of the loss of MH370, we believe this is simply the right thing to do,” Inmarsat CEO, Rupert Pearce said. The proposals can be implemented immediately, using equipment already installed on long-haul planes. The firm also plans to offer a “black box in the cloud” feature that will stream flight-data and cockpit-voice recorder information to safety officials if a plane does something unexpected such as deviating from its approved course.