New Real-Time Tracking System Locates Planes Anywhere in the World


New technology unveiled Tuesday is, for the first time, tracking jetliners anywhere in the world, in real time, even in areas where they previously would have been off the radar, thanks to a joint Canada-U.S. venture.

The space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) global air traffic surveillance system was developed by Aireon, a company based in Virginia and partly owned by Nav Canada, which runs Canada’s civil air navigation system.

Aireon is hoping controllers around the world will eventually connect to its system, which it says will improve safety and efficiency.

Aviation writer Howard Slutsken, who is not involved with Aireon, says it’s a game-changer.

“It’s the biggest advance in airline tracking since the advent of radar in World War 2.”

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