Curacao, Aireon to deploy space-based ADS-B

Aireon LLC said it has signed a data-services agreement with the Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP), the air traffic services provider for the Curacao Flight Information Region (FIR).

Through the agreement, DC-ANSP will have 100 percent air traffic surveillance in 2018 of the Curacao FIR, which covers 300,000 square kilometers adjacent to Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Colombia — much of which is oceanic airspace containing critical routes between the United States, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe.

Aireon is deploying a global, space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft over the entire globe. The company will provide real-time ADS-B surveillance to oceanic, polar and remote regions, as well as augment existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace.