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Having forged a milestone new partnership with the FAA which will see the agency explore innovative use cases for space-based ADS-B, Aireon is optimistic that the next round of FAA reauthorization legislation will include investment for integrating its signal with the air traffic system.
“That’s certainly our expectation. I believe the work the FAA is doing would support that,” Aireon CEO Don Thoma told Runway Girl Network when asked if FAA reauthorization in 2023 might address such investment. “This is not just a one-time effort. This is an evolutionary step in use and exploitation of technology like space-based ADS-B. Given what they’ve shared with us and the industry, this is clearly part of a long-term strategic plan.”