Automated Flight Following

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Automated Flight Following (AFF) is GPS aircraft tracking that is mandated by a government agency (or other governing body) for its contractors.[1] The following criteria must be met:

  • The GPS device must transmit position reports every two minutes;
  • The position reports must be pushed into the third-party database (where they are automatically tracked by dispatchers[2]).

A common use for AFF devices is to track planes flying for the USDA or utility companies during fire season.