Flight tracking companies to help enhance global aircraft monitoring

Satellite communications firm Inmarsat will offer airlines flight tracking service for free if the company is made part of a global tracking service aimed at enhancing the monitoring of commercial jets, Executive Chairman Andrew Sukawaty said. Separately, jet communications system maker Rockwell Collins said it hopes to join an International Air Transport Association task force that will seek to improve flight tracking. "With GPS satellites and connectivity, this is a solvable problem," said Chief Executive Kelly Ortberg.

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