Learn more about Aireon from the Aireon team themselves. This series, “A Day in The Life,” will allow the Aireon team to speak first-hand about their experiences, views, and future outlook on space-based ADS-B. Aireon is proud of our extraordinary team of experts and aim to highlight them in this blog series. We hope you enjoy meeting the Aireon team and further understand our strong commitment to aviation.
My name is Ana Persiani and I am the Regional Director of Latin America and Caribbean for Aireon. I’ve been in the aviation industry for 20 years now. It seems like a long time, but the years have passed in a blink of an eye. I’m an Industrial Engineer with a Master degree in Finance and in Software Technology.
My aviation career began working nine years at TACA Airlines. My time at TACA brought a great source of knowledge and experience in my career. I had the opportunity to interact and work with providers, civil aviation authorities, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Latin America and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) and other airline colleagues in operational cost reduction and cost avoidance initiatives, as well as improving processes for enhanced efficiency and integrating new technologies into the airline’s operation. I later joined Mechtronix (now TRU Simulation + Training) a full flight simulator manufacturer from Montreal, as Business Development Director for the Americas. They developed flight simulators that allowed for high fidelity and lower- cost training, enabling “in-house” pilot training for mid-size airlines.
The common denominator along my career has been change and innovation, changing the status-quo, a disrupter of sorts, for enhancement, for efficiency, for increased safety and that led me to Aireon.
When I heard about Aireon and space-based ADS-B, I was just amazed. The fact that there is an air traffic surveillance technology that will provide global, real-time coverage of Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) aircraft, giving air traffic controllers the ability to see aircraft anywhere, over the ocean, mountains, over remote areas, all within seconds is incredible. This new concept, in terms of the business model, where surveillance is provided as a service is eliminating the maintenance complications and high cost of installing ground equipment. Once again, technology has evolved, providing the industry with the opportunity to use it for positive change that will significantly increase safety and efficiency. I just knew I had to be part of it. I am the liaison between the company and our customers, and responsible for our commercial and institutional activities in the region, working hand in hand with Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), our direct customers, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), regulators, airlines and other airspace users, in bringing knowledge about space-based ADS-B and supporting the system acquisition and its successful implementation.
“A day in my life” as many can imagine is quite dynamic. Some days, I am attending and speaking at a conference, another day, I am meeting with customers to understand their needs. I also do a lot of work with our engineers to find the best solution to connect our system to the customers’ facilities and with our operations department to define what the customer journey is and how to improve the experience.
My job is really all about our customers. Just as this region has so many countries and cultures, so are the unique needs, requirements and situations, so we need to make sure we accommodate our solution to those requirements and that our system implementation brings the benefits that real-time surveillance will provide to all ANSPs.
Space-based ADS-B is already changing the way the Industry is envisioning the future of air traffic operations, not only by each ANSP being able to have full coverage of their entire airspace but also by facilitating more collaboration among ANSPs. This service will allow for some regional initiatives to take place in a more efficient way, as potential regional ATFM solutions, regional contingency platforms and others. This is really a game changer and space-based ADS-B is here to stay to support ANSPs and the industry to make our airspace safer and more efficient. I am ecstatic to be a part of it.