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Aireon Eighteen Months Post-Launch

Since its launch in 2019, Aireon’s space-based ADS-B technology has provided a new method of flight surveillance, one that closes an essential gap in coverage created by traditional ground-based surveillance systems. Before Aireon, classic radar and ground-based ADS-B left an estimated 70 percent of the global airspace unsurveilled, primarily due to  limitations in surveillance caused by extreme conditions and decreased line of sight capabilities in remote regions of the globe, like mountains, oceans and polar regions. Now, a year-and-a-half since its system went live, Aireon operates on a constellation of…

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Best Practices for ‘Blue Water’ Ditching Presented at VBACE

According to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), there are about 2,700 flights that cross the world’s oceans every day. When you’re halfway between continents and your airplane suffers an in-flight emergency, sometimes the only option is to ditch in the angry ocean below. Surviving this kind of “blue water ditching” was the subject of a virtual education session at last week’s NBAA Virtual Business Aviation Conference and Exposition (VBACE). NBAA put together a panel of experts for a discussion on planning, preparation, and survival that included session moderator Paul…

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Space-based ADS-B – Helping to Integrate Large UAS in Controlled Airspace

How can space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) support drone operations? This will be driven by regulation, especially around what surveillance technologies are going to be used to support drone operations. We have given it some thought. Right now we have agreements with 19 air navigation service providers (ANSPs) representing 39 countries.  As we also have a contract with Eurocontrol that covers air traffic flow management information on flights coming into Europe, we broadly cover all the countries in European airspace as well. So it’s certainly close to 50% of the world…

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A Key Step Towards a More Integrated System

Having forged a milestone new partnership with the FAA which will see the agency explore innovative use cases for space-based ADS-B, Aireon is optimistic that the next round of FAA reauthorization legislation will include investment for integrating its signal with the air traffic system. “That’s certainly our expectation. I believe the work the FAA is doing would support that,” Aireon CEO Don Thoma told Runway Girl Network when asked if FAA reauthorization in 2023 might address such investment. “This is not just a one-time effort. This is an evolutionary step…

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