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Rollout of Aireon in the Caribbean Could Start Next Year

04/14/2021

The US Federal Aviation Administration’s evaluation of Aireon space-based ADS-B in the Miami Oceanic and Caribbean area has been extended due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, such as shutdowns and staffing issues. But Aireon CEO Don Thoma is optimistic that a new set of procedures will be agreed this year to support a rollout next year. The trial, which began in March 2020, is still in place, Thoma tells Runway Girl Network. “We have extended it due to COVID. As you can imagine, access to facilities has…

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NiuSky Pacific Begins Operational Usage of Aireon Data

03/30/2021

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA/MCLEAN, VIRGINIA – March 30, 2021 – NiuSky Pacific Limited (NSPL), formerly PNG Air Services Limited (PNGASL), the sole provider of Air Navigation Services for Papua New Guinea, has announced today that it has deployed Aireon’s global, real-time, space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) for air traffic surveillance services. NSPL had previously relied on ground-based infrastructure for its surveillance capabilities. However, because of Papua New Guinea’s extremely mountainous and difficult terrains, unpredictable and inclement weather and fairly large oceanic airspace, it was a challenge to provide efficient…

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The Way Aircraft Fly Across The Atlantic Could Change Radically For The Better

03/24/2021

In recent years there has been a considerable focus on cutting emissions from aviation to stop global warming. Even though aviation only makes up around 2% of the total problem, the percentage is expected to rise as other contributors make positive changes. Airlines like British Airways have been trialling biofuels and investing in biofuel production plans. However, it’s not just the airlines that need to act to cut emissions in aviation. The UK’s skies are some of the most complex and crowded globally. This inevitably leads to delays, and therefore…

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Swerving The ‘Highways In The Sky’ From London To New York Goes Smoothly, Says Air Traffic Control

03/22/2021

The UK’s air-traffic control authority has revealed that deleting the prescribed “highways in the sky” between Britain and the US went smoothly – as well as saving time and fuel and helping the planet. For over half a century, all planes flying across the North Atlantic have travelled along clearly prescribed tracks. This “Organised Track Structure” (OTS) enables air-traffic controllers working for the UK’s air-navigation provider Nats, and its counterpart Nav Canada, to channel aircraft along up to 12 tracks. Nats says they help to provide “a predictable operating environment”….

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