FlightAware and Aireon are working in partnership to introduce the first global flight tracking solution, exceeding requirements by ICAO’s Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS).
Aireon Space-Based ADS-B Flight Tracking receivers are hosted on the new Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, providing at least one position update every minute, including over polar and oceanic regions. Until now, flight tracking over remote regions such as the North Pole, South Pole, rain forests, deserts and oceans has never been possible.
ADS-B works with equipment already installed on aircraft as part of international air traffic control modernization efforts, making it a cost-effective alternative to expensive satcom services. This exceeds ICAO flight tracking requirement for airlines by providing at least one position every minute, anywhere in the world.
Integrated into FlightAware products, Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data is available through GlobalBeacon, FlightAware Global, and FlightAware APIs (Firehose and FlightXML)—with a subscription to global coverage with near real-time positions fused into FlightAware products, including mobile apps and alerts.
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