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Aireon has deployed the first space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft that meets real-time Air Traffic Service (ATS) surveillance requirements for air traffic separation services throughout the entire globe. 

Aireon is harnessing next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that were formally ground-based and, for the first time, is extending its reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. Space-based ADS-B air traffic surveillance covers oceanic, polar and remote regions, and augments existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. In partnership with leading air navigation service providers (ANSPs) from around the world, like NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Enav in Italy, NATS in the U.K., and Naviair in Denmark, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon is providing a global, real-time, space-based air traffic surveillance system, available to all aviation stakeholders.

As a start-up organization that is privately held and began in 2011, to now having over 75 employees, Aireon believes it is important to have direct access to the user. The mixture of the workforce comprised within NATCA is valuable to Aireon because NATCA members cover all domains Aireon reaches. The relationship between Aireon and NATCA has always been very strong. NATCA members assist Aireon with assessing processes, procedures, and overall best-practices, which highlight collaboration and tell the story of the aviation safety specialist.

Aireon representatives say CFS is one of the best conferences to attend. The CFS forum opens Aireon representatives’ eyes to the work done daily in the National Airspace System, as an extension of the NATCA member. Last year while attending CFS, Aireon representatives presented a plaque to NATCA in honor of the Union having a named satellite, which is currently in orbit. To-date, 12 customers have either implemented, or will shortly be deploying Aireon’s space-based ADS-B product globally.

To further showcase the relationship between Aireon and NATCA, Aireon has recently adopted NATCA’s training focus. The company believes “Every Day is a Training Day” is very important and is promoting it within its workforce. 

Aireon is delivering mission-critical services to ANSPs, and in the near-term, it is looking into delivering data services to the airlines, regulators and a wider group of industry stakeholders for safety enhancements and resource optimization. Thanks to NATCA’s endorsement and work with Aireon’s space-based ADS-B system, the direction and focus of Aireon is growing. Aireon considers itself to be “true blue” brothers and sisters with NATCA with one focus and one goal in mind: safety. Visit them at booth 100 for more information.