GADSS: The Latest Progress

An update on global aviation industry progress toward establishing the Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System (GADSS) concept of operations.

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) Advisory Group in 2017 published a combined 27 areas of improvement criteria across aircraft systems, air traffic services (ATS) and search and rescue (SAR) system operations. These improvement criteria are designed to inform the global aviation industry and all of its various segments about ICAO’s latest available information about progress toward establishing GADSS, a concept of operations adopted by ICAO through collaboration with some of the world’s top avionics engineers, civil aviation regulators, air navigation service providers…

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As Satellites Launch, Aireon’s System Nears Debut

Seven years after it started developing an aircraft surveillance system based on satellites, the Aireon joint venture of Iridium Communications, Nav Canada and other partners is close to providing air navigation service providers (ANSP) the “complete visibility” over oceanic and polar regions that it originally promised. Aireon’s core business will be to provide aircraft surveillance data to subscribing ANSPs. Through a partnership with flight-tracking data company FlightAware, it is supporting a web-based tracking dashboard for airlines called GlobalBeacon. And its space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network will be available to…

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This Innovation May Save Airlines and Air Cargo Carriers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

It’s a good time to be an airline. Low fuel prices, cheap credit, and rising demand for air travel—particularly on budget flights—allowed airlines to add to their fleets and carry an unprecedented 4.1 billion passengers in 2017, a 7.1% increase from a year earlier, according to the United Nation’s civil aviation authority. But while that growth makes for a lot more paying customers, it also makes for more aircraft competing for airspace in some of the world’s busiest airspace. Air traffic controllers face a particularly thorny challenge when routing a…

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Iridium Announces Date for Fifth Iridium® NEXT Launch

First Iridium launch of 2018 set to begin rapid launch cadence targeting completion by mid-year

MCLEAN, Va. – January 22, 2018 – Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today that the fifth Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted by SpaceX for March 18, 2018 at 8:19 am PDT (15:19 UTC) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The first of four launches planned for 2018, Iridium-5 will deliver 10 more Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit, bringing the total number of new satellites deployed to 50. This launch will use the same Falcon 9 first stage as the Iridium-3 launch that took place in October 2017…

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