Following the flight of a project aircraft is an agency aviation policy and a safety discipline. It is a part of every flight mission. Until recently, this task was accomplished by a radio check every 15 minutes from the aircraft to a dispatcher who tracks the flight on a prepared map illustrating the flight routes and project site. Automated flight following (AFF) is a result of advanced communication technology available and affordable to users, contractors, and governmental units using aircraft on special-use missions.
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