In 2018, when Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system becomes operational, Aireon will offer a public service to the world’s aviation industry for the locating and tracking of ADS-B equipped aircraft in emergency situations. The Aireon Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking (ALERT) service will allow aviation stakeholders to track any aircraft that is in an apparent alert or distress phase providing airlines, Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) and search-and-rescue authorities with precise GPS-based location updates in real-time, free of charge for all organizations that register.
Today’s Limited Ability to Track Aircraft
Over 70 percent of the world’s airspace does not have active surveillance. Tracking aircraft in these regions requires aircraft operators, States and ANSPs to invest in additional equipment or subscribe to a contract service. Even then, the tracking capability is limited and leaves surveillance gaps in continuous, real-time tracking.
The Aireon Solution
Aireon ALERT will be the only solution that has a true global coverage including oceanic, polar and remote airspace and will provide GPS location and real-time tracking data to assist rescue coordination centers in emergency situations. Through a 24/7 communications facility to be operated by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) at its North Atlantic Communications centre in Ballygirreen, Ireland, Aireon ALERT will make it possible to precisely query the location and flight track of any ADS-B equipped aircraft flying in airspace beyond the reach of existing surveillance.
Register here for information and updates on Aireon ALERT.