Aireon partners with FlightAware to launch GlobalBeacon for global flight tracking

Aireon LLC and FlightAware have partnered to launch GlobalBeacon, a solution providing airlines with 100 percent global flight tracking, the companies said.

GlobalBeacon is designed to ensure airlines are in compliance with Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) recommendations and requirements. Created by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in March of 2016, GADSS was created in response to the disappearance of MH370, and is designed to help prevent the loss of commercial aircraft in distress over remote locations. GlobalBeacon will provide airlines with minute-by-minute, global tracking of automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft.

GlobalBeacon´s combines data from Aireon´s space-based ADS-B aircraft surveillance network, due to be operational by 2018, and FlightAware´s flight tracking web interface and worldwide flight tracking data — including origin, destination, flight plan route, position and estimated time of arrival. When implemented, airlines will be equipped to meet or exceed GADSS requirements and recommendations, with no new avionics required.

Aireon LLC deploys global, space-based air traffic surveillance for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft over the entire globe.

FlightAware is a flight tracking data company that provides over 10,000 aircraft operators and service companies with global flight tracking solutions. FlightAware leverages data from air traffic control systems in over 55 countries, from FlightAware´s network of over 8,000 ADS-B ground stations in over 140 countries, and using global datalink.