Using a technology that streams data from an airplane via Satellite. The Federal Aviation Administration is now monitoring every Boeing 737 MAX on every flight worldwide to check on the performance of the MAX fleet as the jet returns to service.
The system will flag deviations from certain parameters during all phases of flight and alert the FAA’s aviation safety division, the federal agency said.
Safety engineers and inspectors will use the early notification to further analyze the incident. Following the two MAX crashes that killed 346 people and grounded the commercial fleet worldwide for 20 months; even routine problems in flight as the planes return to the skies are likely to gain outsize attention and cause concern for air travelers.
The FAA is using the data to keep a close eye on the performance of the MAXs; and to try to detect any issues early. The agency has never before conducted such real-time scrutiny of a single model of airplane-based Air eon to use a system called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast; or ADS-B, to track the MAXs in flight. Streaming data from the aircraft every half second to the FAA Technical Center near Atlantic City, N. Air eon’s ambition is eventually to replace the world’s current radar-based air traffic control systems with a more precise and global ADS-B system.
The FAA has not yet committed fully to the Air eon system; but in November announced a strategic partnership that grants it broad access to Air eon’s real-time air traffic data. To allow the agency to evaluate applications; including air traffic control automation, airspace safety analysis, and accident investigations.
The MAX tracking, an off-shoot of that partnership, will provide copious data on routine operations and flag anything out of the ordinary by Satellite.