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The aviation industry’s first-ever public global aircraft emergency locating service, Aireon ALERT, has begun live operations out of Ireland’s Ballygirreen communications base.
Aireon ALERT provides registered aircraft operators, aviation regulators and search-and-rescue organizations with the last known position of ADS-B equipped aircraft to help reduce accident search areas and keep controllers and dispatchers updated on flights experiencing distress. Aireon opened the pre-registration period for the service in August 2018, and now has more than 193 airlines, air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and search-and-rescue agencies using it.