Worldwide Up-to- the-Minute Aircraft Tracking
GlobalBeaconSM is an easy-to- deploy solution to make airlines International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) compliant by leveraging existing technology commonly available on most of the global aircraft fleet, well in advance of the November 2018 provisions implementation.

GlobalBeacon, a first of its kind product from Aireon and FlightAware, will detect aircraft positions in real-time, everywhere in the world. Through Aireon’s network of satellite-hosted space-based ADS-B receivers, aircraft equipped with ADS-B out transponders will be tracked automatically with their position broadcast in real-time. GlobalBeacon will be the most cost-effective and easy-to- deploy option available to airlines today, and with 100 percent worldwide coverage, GlobalBeacon will transcend borders and Flight Information Regions (FIRs), including polar airspace, to offer a truly global capability that will help airlines meet or exceed GADSS recommendations and requirements.

How it will work?
By combining FlightAware’s web interface and worldwide airline flight tracking information – including origin, destination, flight plan route, position, ETA – with Aireon’s space-based ADS-B network, airlines will receive the peace of mind that their assets are consistently being monitored through FlightAware’s secure platform. The solution will provide airlines with a real-time aircraft tracking dashboard that features configurable alerts, providing immediate notification of abnormal events. Should an aircraft deviate from its intended flight path, experience severe turbulence or stop transmitting location, the aircraft will automatically enter distressed status and immediately notify its airline operations center, who can take appropriate actions.

GlobalBeacon will provide aircraft tracking capabilities starting in mid 2018, and will begin 1-minute interval tracking by 2018. This will far outperform the 15 minute tracking interval GADSS requirement. Airlines who sign up for the service will be one step closer to meeting the required 2021 requirement for minute-by-minute distress tracking.

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