Rockwell Collins is First FlightAware Partner to Offer Aireon Space-Based ADS-B Flight Tracking to Business Aviation Operators


ORLANDO, Fl. – October 15, 2018 –  Rockwell Collins has partnered with FlightAware to offer AireonSM space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast (ADS-B) flight tracking, making it FlightAware’s first partner to bring space-based ADS-B to business aviation customers. FlightAware’s terrestrial ADS-B coverage will be integrated with Aireon’s space-based ADS-B coverage in Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirectSM solution.

The Aireon network is hosted on the Iridium® NEXT constellation of satellites, which will consist of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites that each carry an Aireon ADS-B receiver. All satellites are expected to be launched by the end of the year. The constellation will provide truly global coverage with once-per-minute position updates as the standard rate of reporting – anywhere in the world. Since ADS-B out will be required in many countries throughout the world by 2020, aircraft operators typically do not need to install additional equipment to take advantage of Aireon coverage.

“Aireon space-based ADS-B is truly a game changer for the aviation industry and we are thrilled that Rockwell Collins recognizes its potential to improve operations,” said Daniel Baker, FlightAware Founder and CEO.

“Rockwell Collins customers will soon benefit from the certainty of their aircraft’s position, even over oceans, polar regions, deserts, or jungles – all places where frequent position accuracy has historically been difficult to achieve,” said Bob Richard, senior director, ARINCDirect for Rockwell Collins.


About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers around the world. Every day we help pilots safely and reliably navigate to the far corners of the earth; keep warfighters aware and informed in battle; deliver millions of messages for airlines and airports; and help passengers stay connected and comfortable throughout their journey. As experts in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, cabin interiors, information management, mission communications, and simulation and training, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that can transform our customers’ futures. To find out more, please visit


About FlightAware

FlightAware ( is the world’s largest flight tracking information company and provides over 10,000 aircraft operators and service companies as well as over 12 million passengers with global flight tracking solutions. FlightAware leverages data from air traffic control systems in over 45 countries, from FlightAware’s network of nearly 20,000 ADS-B ground stations in nearly 200 countries, from Aireon space-based ADS-B and from global datalink providers. FlightAware is privately held with offices in Houston, New York and Singapore.


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