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FAA Tracks 737 Max Aircraft via Satellite Data

: Feb 23, 2021 - : 11:57 am

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is tracking all Boeing 737 Max airplanes using satellite data .

The tracking is part of an agreement with air traffic surveillance firm Aireon, the FAA has said. In November last year, Aireon and L3Harris  signed a deal  with the FAA that gives the agency broad access to Aireon’s real-time air traffic surveillance Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data for all 737 Max aircraft.

“Aireon’s system will flag deviations from certain parameters during all phases of flight and alert the FAA’s aviation safety division. Safety engineers and inspectors will use the early notification to further analyze the incident,” the agency said.

It may be recalled that the FAA relied on Aireon data before making a decision to ground the entire 737 Max fleet in March 2019. The agency was the first to life the grounding of the aircraft, in November last year. Since then, Canada, Brazil, Europe, the UAE and Nigeria have  followed suit.

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