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FAA Takes Steps Toward Space-Based ADS-B To Track Aircraft

WASHINGTON—FAA is considering expanding its use of space-based surveillance to track aircraft and maintain separations in oceanic airspace beyond an operational trial slated to begin in the Caribbean region in March 2020. The agency is developing a one-to-three-year roadmap “to expand our use of this promising technology,” FAA deputy administrator Dan Elwell informed the NextGen Advisory Committee Dec. 12. Read Full Article

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2019 Predictions: The Year to Expect More of Flight Tracking and ADS-B

In recent years, flight tracking has been modernized. Traditionally, flight tracking over oceans, deserts, and other remote regions required hardware to be installed on aircraft along with a datalink subscription. New modernized global flight tracking leverages space-based ADS-B, enhancing flight tracking capabilities and allowing for operators to meet recent GADSS recommendations.

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Aireon ALERT Now Open for Pre-Registration

Aviation Stakeholders can now pre-register for the free, global Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking (ALERT) service, operated by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)

Aireon ALERT will be the only free service providing global coverage and GPS location and real-time tracking data to assist rescue coordination centers in emergency situations. Through a 24/7 communications facility, operated by the IAA at its North Atlantic Communications Centre in Ballygirreen, County Clare, Ireland, Aireon ALERT will make it possible to precisely query the location and flight track of any ADS-B equipped aircraft flying in distress.

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