In the wake of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 tragedies, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai is pushing for global rules on aircraft tracking and the sharing of safety information over conflict areas. According to Air Traffic Management, Liow put forward suggestions aimed at improving commercial aviation safety around the world at the International Civil Aviation Organization meeting held this week.
Below are some of Liow’s suggestions:

  • The international aviation community needs to be more collaborative and take steps toward improving safety and security in civil aviation.
  • Real-time aircraft tracking should become mandatory, as should the sharing of information between ICAO member states and the airline industry.
  • In lieu of the MH17 disaster and the delays of the subsequent investigation, the ICAO needs to revamp guidelines for aviation accidents in conflict zones.

The transmission life of black boxes aboard commercial aircraft needs to be extended.