An America-based global air traffic surveillance company has released its latest innovation, designed to reduce the time it takes to locate aircrafts in the distress.
Aireon and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) announced that Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), aircraft operators, regulators and search and rescue organisations can now pre-register for its free, global Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking (ALERT) service.
The Aireon ALERT service will provide the last known position of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)-equipped aircraft that is in an apparent distress state or experiencing a loss in communication. The service is only available to aviation stakeholders and offers precise position reports, free of charge.
The Aireon ALERT system is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2019 and will be operated out of the IAA North Atlantic Communications Centre in Ballygirreen, County Clare, Ireland.
Enabled by Aireon’s space-based ADS-B service, Aireon ALERT will fill a critical need within the aviation industry. For the first time, ANSPs, Aircraft Operators, Regulators and Search and Rescue organisations will have access, on request, to exact position data for an aircraft in distress over the oceans, remote areas and anywhere else they may need aircraft position information in an emergency.
“We are proud to host and operate the world’s first truly global aircraft locating and emergency response tracking facility, based on the AireonSM system’s capabilities,” said Peter Kearney, chief executive officer of the IAA.
He added: “Our facility will be providing Aireon ALERT services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. As long as an aircraft is broadcasting on 1090 MHz ADS-B, we will be able to locate it anywhere worldwide. This is a unique and secure cloud-based service, designed to the highest data protection standards.”
Don Thoma, CEO of Aireon, explained: “For the first time, the Aireon ALERT service will deliver the most precise location data for emergency and distress situations over the oceans and remote areas, typically void of ground-based infrastructure. We recognise that our system has unique capabilities, and with that comes a responsibility to help prevent future tragedies.”