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NAV CANADA recently celebrated the successful launch of air traffic control services using Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). For the first time in the history of aviation, air traffic controllers can now receive complete, real-time air traffic position data of all ADS-B-equipped aircraft in airspace that was not previously covered by ground-based surveillance. Many organizations across the industry were involved in different facets of this effort with one common goal in mind ‒ leveraging this exciting new technology to optimize air traffic safety and efficiency.
For transatlantic flights, space-based ADS-B is revolutionary. It has enabled air traffic controllers and airlines to optimize operations and has offered a new capability to reduce separation between equipped aircraft, introducing flexibility and enhanced efficiency to flights transiting the North Atlantic.
Behind the scenes, years of hard work and collaboration were required to establish these new separation standards with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) supporting the full potential of this ground-breaking technology.