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How Satellite-Based Aircraft Tracking Will Revolutionize Flying

04/19/2019

On March 13, the United States and Canada both grounded the Boeing 737 MAX, among the last countries to make the move to ban the aircraft from their airspace. The decision was made, in part, from detailed “new data” outlining the final flight paths of Lion Air 610 and Ethiopian Airlines 302 that had been made available just hours before to Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Setting the Standard: The Collaborative Approach to Unlocking the Potential of Space-Based ADS-B

04/16/2019

NAV CANADA recently celebrated the successful launch of air traffic control services using Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). For the first time in the history of aviation, air traffic controllers can now receive complete, real-time air traffic position data of all ADS-B-equipped aircraft in airspace that was not previously covered by ground-based surveillance.

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Global ADS-B Surveillance is Now Live

04/11/2019

Global air traffic surveillance is now a reality. Aireon’s space-based ADS-B system is up and running and it has launched a trial of its service over the North Atlantic. “For the first time in history, we can surveil all ADS-B-equipped aircraft anywhere on Earth,” said Don Thoma, Aireon CEO, at an April 2 press briefing at Washington’s International Trade Center. Aireon’s solution relies on transponders embedded on each of the satellites in Iridium’s NEXT constellation, comprising 66 online with 6 in-orbit spares and 9 grounded spares. Iridium finished building its constellation in January and…

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Canada – U.K. Venture is Watershed moment in Air Traffic Control

04/11/2019

A joint venture between Canada’s air traffic control operator NavCanada and satellite company Iridium went live Tuesday with the first air traffic surveillance system capable of providing real-time global coverage. The Aireon system is now in trial use over the North Atlantic, where it is being used by NavCanada and U.K. air traffic control operator NATS. NATS and the air traffic control organizations in Italy, Ireland and Denmark are also investors in Aireon. At a press conference Tuesday, Aireon CEO Don Thoma said that his company’s surveillance system will immediately…

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