Aireon, FlightAware launch GlobalBeacon flight tracking solution

Aireon LLC and FlightAware have announced their flight tracking solution GlobalBeacon has begun providing global, real-time flight tracking to airlines ahead of implementation of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) global aeronautical distress safety system (GADSS) recommendations, the company said.

GlobalBeacon provides airlines with minute-by-minute global aircraft tracking for their aircraft at all times, anywhere in the world.

By combining FlightAware´s data processing platform and web-interface, with Aireon´s space-based ADS-B network, GlobalBeacon transcends borders and Flight Information Regions (FIRs) and eliminates coverage gaps in polar airspace, over deserts and in oceanic regions.

GlobalBeacon enables airlines of all sizes to proactively position themselves to respond in the event of an emergency. It facilitates communication between the aircraft operator and the controller with constant fleet monitoring, automated distress alerts and tools that make it easy to share information.

Qatar Airways is the first airline to adopt the new GlobalBeacon technology that feeds directly into its Integrated Operations Centre.

Aireon LLC is deploying a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon will harness next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that are currently ground-based and extend their reach globally to improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders.

FlightAware is a flight tracking data company that provides over 10,000 aircraft operators and service companies as well as over 12,000,000 passengers with global flight tracking solutions. FlightAware leverages data from air traffic control systems in over 45 countries, from FlightAware´s network of over 8,000 ADS-B ground stations in over 200 countries and using global datalink.