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Effective April 2, Aireon, the first ever real-time, global air traffic surveillance system, is fully operational and in trial use over the North Atlantic. This announcement marks a historic milestone for the aviation industry–ushering in a new era of safety and efficiency that will revolutionize the way people fly.
Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system provides real-time air traffic surveillance and tracking to 100 per cent of ADS-B-equipped aircraft on the planet. Prior to Aireon’s system coming online, traditional ground-based surveillance covered just 30 per cent of the globe, meaning civil aviation authorities, commercial carriers and related industry stakeholders relied upon position updates from aircraft every 10 to 14 minutes to track aircraft outside of radar coverage, not the real-time updates that the Aireon service provides.