ATCA recognizes Aireon, NATS and NAV CANADA with annual industry award

The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) has announced it has recognized Aireon, NAV CANADA and NATS with an award for the deployment of space-based ADS-B technology in the North Atlantic Ocean, the company said.

Marked by the implementation of a completely surveilled North Atlantic–the world´s busiest oceanic airspace, managed by NAV CANADA and NATS–the Aireon system has been in trial use since spring 2019.

The deployment of space-based ADS-B over the North Atlantic empowers air traffic controllers to make air travel more safe, efficient and predictable. Before Aireon, aircraft over the North Atlantic would report their positions every 14 minutes. Now, with real-time data, air traffic controllers are more able to offer the best and most fuel efficient routes, as well as being able to intervene more quickly in the event of a safety event.

Empowered by Aireon´s data, NAV CANADA and NATS air traffic controllers were able to re-route 3,419 fewer flights from their assigned route and 158 fewer flights from changing their speed. Between 15th of April and 31st of August, approximately 43,000 flights, over one third of all eastbound flights of the North Atlantic, were instructed to “Resume Normal Speed” for a total duration of 2.2 million minutes (or c.37,000 flight hours). 

Aireon LLC has deployed a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon is harnessing next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that were formerly 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.

NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.

NATS is a leading air traffic management and solutions company, established in the UK in 1962 and now operating in countries around the world. NATS handled 2.6 million flights in 2018, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic from its centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire.