Air Traffic Controllers

Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system will provide Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) with unprecedented 100 percent surveillance of the entire airspace.  Aireon’s system will perform in a similar way to ground based ADS-B systems and integrate seamlessly into the automation platforms where it will be treated as any other layer of surveillance. Optically, there may not even be a difference other than displaying more aircraft as “surveillance identified.”

All airspace in the world will have surveillance capabilities for ADS-B equipped aircraft without requiring investments in ground-based infrastructure by the Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs). For ATCs, this means there will no longer be any blind spots in Flight Information Regions (FIRs), enabling all ADS-B equipped aircraft to be displayed as “surveillance identified” no matter where they are.

Increased Operational Efficiency

  • Increased responsiveness to pilot requests
  • Improved aircraft track continuity
  • Enhanced controller empowerment with more flexibility and control of aircraft in their region, allowing for tactical route/altitude changes
  • Data integration with ATC/Air Traffic Management (ATM) automation systems
  • Less requirement for mixed mode operations
  • Improved predictability

Enhanced Safety

  • Reduced risk of data loss through enhanced and continuous surveillance
  • Reduced risk of loss of separation
  • Enhanced situational awareness inside and outside a sector
  • Visibility into transition zones with neighboring FIRs/ANSPs (reducing ops intruders)
  • Elimination of blind spots and radar stitching across sector boundaries
  • Reduction of gross navigation errors
  • Early detection of emergency transponder codes (in current procedural airspace)

Global Harmonization

  • Reduced complexity through harmonization of operating environment