Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system will enable airlines and other aviation users to precisely track the location and position of aircraft anywhere in the world, in real-time.
Aircraft Tracking in Today’s Airspace
Current aircraft tracking solutions often don’t offer the full picture. An estimated 70 percent of the world’s airspace is not covered by real-time tracking services. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) and Future Air Navigation System (FANS-1/A) capable aircraft can fill the gap on a limited basis through location update reports, every 10-18 minutes. However, less than 30 percent of the world’s commercial fleet is equipped, activated and operational due to navigation compatibility issues, cost of retrofitting for FANS-1/A and the recurring service fees.
The Aireon Solution
Some solutions aggregate tracking information for users through aircraft communications messages and ground-based sensors. The problem is that the utility of the date for real-time planning and utilization limits the value of these important aviation tools. Aireon’s space-based ADS-B tracking system will provide a single-source for tracking aircraft that is a global, gate-to-gate, real-time data feed that requires no additional investment in infrastructure or avionics. A global data feed can enhance existing aviation systems that rely on aircraft movement data, such as airline and airport traffic handling and resource management systems.
These enhancements will increase arrival and departure predictability, improve resource allocation and lower operating costs all while allowing aviation stakeholders to make more informed and collaborative tactical decisions.