Transatlantic Space Surveillance Boosts Flight Safety, Cuts Fuel Use


PRESTWICK, Scotland, UK—ADS-B surveillance for transatlantic flights is not only freeing up capacity in the increasingly busy oceanic skies but is also paving the way for greener crossings.

The March switch-on of the Aireon-developed space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system by Canadian air navigation service provider (ANSP) NavCanada and the UK’s National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has transformed the ability to monitor the increasingly busy traffic flows between North America, Europe and the Middle East, supervising flights operating through the Gander and Shanwick Oceanic Control Areas (OCA) of the North Atlantic.

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