NEWS & UPDATES

ALTA welcomes Aireon LLC as an Affiliate Member

Panama – June 7, 2018 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) continues to strengthen the group of industry suppliers that collaboratively work on initiatives for the development of aviation in Latin America and the Caribbean, and today welcomes Aireon LLC: the first ever provider of global space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

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How airliners are guided across a vast area of the Atlantic that’s out of radar range (and why a new satellite tracking system will transform UK to North America flights)

Nats said: ‘In radar airspace there is either a five nautical mile or three nautical mile minimum separation laterally between aircraft, however, over the North Atlantic it is 60nm laterally and for aircraft following on the same route it is based on time – essentially 10 minutes apart. For aircraft crossing another aircraft at the same level it is increased further to 15 minutes.’ And aircraft are given fixed speeds to make sure they don’t catch up with the plane in front. The tracks are set up after requests for…

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Aireon System Deployment Continues with Sixth Successful Launch

Launch comes on the heels of the United Kingdom’s air traffic services provider, NATS, joining Aireon as investors

MCLEAN, Va. – May 22, 2018 – Aireon announced today the sixth successful launch and deployment of its space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads, hosted by the Iridium® NEXT satellite constellation. At 12:47:58 PM PDT (19:47:58 UTC), a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, bringing the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 55. This leaves just two more launches of 10 satellites each before the launch campaign concludes in 2018. The Aireon system will go live in 2018, with the…

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NATS takes equity stake in Aireon to help accelerate technology revolution in global aviation surveillance

MCLEAN, Va. – May 16, 2018 – The UK air traffic management service provider, NATS, has announced it has invested in Aireon, the company pioneering a space-based air traffic surveillance service set to revolutionise the aviation industry. Through a network of 66 low earth orbiting Iridium® NEXT satellites, AireonSM will monitor the location of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft flying anywhere in the world, transforming the way air traffic control services are provided. The service will offer global air traffic surveillance of aircraft. This means that oceans and remote…

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