Singapore will require all of the city-state's aircraft operators —both passenger and cargo services — to ping the location of all their aircraft every 15 minutes throughout flights.
"This move is consistent with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) plans to require a 15-minute standard for normal flight tracking by November 2018," the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said in a press release Friday. "Also, we will impose this requirement on our airlines flying over any area, which is more comprehensive than the ICAO requirement which is only for aircraft flying over oceanic areas."
The new rules will apply to all passenger aircraft of more than 27,000 kg and carrying more than 19 passengers and cargo aircraft larger than 45,500 kg. The requirements will allow airlines to track their planes either manually or automatically from July 1 of this year, but they must all switch to automatic tracking by November 8, 2018.