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ICAO is developing a series of regulatory changes aimed at reducing the plethora of duplicative oversight and certifications required by approved maintenance organizations (AMOs).
The agency is working toward improving and harmonizing global standards for AMOs, ICAO technical officer for airworthiness Maimuna Taal-Ndure said during the second annual meeting of the Asia MRO League Expert Group. ICAO also hopes to encourage more state regulators to recognize and accept certification by other nations instead of conducting their own reviews.

As a first step, ICAO is moving the approval of AMOs from Annex 6 of its regulations, which focuses on operation of aircraft, to Annex 8, which covers airworthiness. This move is expected to clarify confusion that sometimes arises over whether the state of the operator or the state of aircraft registry are responsible for these approvals, Taal-Ndure said. The change would confirm that it is the state of aircraft registry that would have responsibility.

This proposal has already been sent to states for comment, and is expected to be adopted in 2017. There would  be a phase-in period for states to adjust their own regulations, and the changes would be applicable from 2020.

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The European Commission has endorsed last week’s deal at the ICAO to tackle growth in international aviation’s carbon emissions.

Under the agreement, airlines emitting more than 10,000 tonnes of CO2 per year will be required to offset any emissions above 2020 levels by buying credits from other sectors.

European Union member states are among the 65 countries that will participate in the scheme from its pilot phase in 2021, while others will have to join from its mandatory phase in 2027.

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These days, almost every air traveller is familiar with the terrific capabilities of top public-oriented flight-tracking services such as FlightAware and Flightradar24.

Using such services, passengers can see in advance if their flights are likely to arrive or depart on time. And, because the services make use of networks of thousands of Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) ground receivers worldwide, and take feeds of multilateration and other aircraft-position data from air traffic control centres internationally, they also show the public a variety of navigation and identification details about aircraft in flight in near-real time.

This capability is possible because the ADS-B Out avionics systems installed in most modern commercial aircraft broadcast dozens of parameters every half-second in 1090 Extended Squitter signals sent from the 1090ES transponders installed in the aircraft.

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The aviation industry has been focused on reducing its footprint for many years now; OEMs are developing more fuel efficient and eco-friendlier aircraft, while more operational advancements are being introduced and schemes like the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) have come into play.

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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) implemented new regulation in Montreal on Tuesday (March 8) for the real-time tracking of distressed commercial aircraft in a move aimed at preventing a repeat of the MH370 mystery.

Two years on from Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanishing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew onboard, ICAO approved a series of proposals answering industry calls for greater aircraft tracking and better flight data utilisation.   

The outlines included aircraft carrying tracking devices able to transmit their location once a minute when distressed, a ruling applicable to aircraft built in six years’ time and beyond. In addition to this, operators will now be obligated to ensure the recoverability of their flight recorder data while the duration of cockpit voice recording time has been extended from two to 25 hours.

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