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The aviation industry has been looking for a viable and effective solution which would support the emerging standards associated with the Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS). These standards are new Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) which have been introduced into ICAO Annex 6 Part I regarding Flight Recorder Data Recovery and the Location of an Aircraft in Distress. These new SARPs specify capabilities for operators that begin to take effect as early as 2018. The operational capabilities which are specified in terms of recommended functionality and performance in turn imply a mandate for aircraft equipage. Further information about GADSS and the requirements is available in the GADSS ConOps and the ICAO implementation guidance document “Manual on Location of Aircraft in Distress and Flight Recorder Data Recovery” Doc 10054 (draft). These new SARPs have to some degree already been adopted by many States and incorporated into State’s regulations. Over time it is anticipated that even more States will embrace the GADSS concept and modify their national regulations accordingly.