Aireon Offers Free Tracking Service for Aircraft in Distress


The satellite-based air traffic surveillance system Aireon has unveiled a first-of-its-kind free service that can track the last known location of aircraft in distress.

Airlines, air traffic control entities, search-and-rescue organizations and aviation regulators that register for Aireon’s Aircraft Location and Emergency Response Tracking (ALERT) service will be able to obtain mapping of the last 15 minutes of flight for an aircraft in distress. Maps will include one plot per minute and a four-dimensional report including altitude, longitude, latitude and time information.

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