Rockwell Collins, FlightAware collaborate to offer Aireon space-based ADS-B flight tracking

Aviation solutions provider Rockwell Collins, in collaboration with FlightAware, has announced it will offer Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) flight tracking to business aviation customers, the companies said.

FlightAware´s terrestrial ADS-B coverage will be integrated with Aireon´s space-based ADS-B coverage in Rockwell Collins´ ARINCDirectSM solution.

The Aireon network is hosted on the Iridium NEXT constellation of satellites, which will consist of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites that each carry an Aireon ADS-B receiver. The constellation will provide global coverage with once-per-minute position updates as the standard rate of reporting.

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) provides high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers, helping pilots safely and reliably navigate to the far corners of the earth; keep warfighters aware and informed in battle; deliver millions of messages for airlines and airports; and help passengers stay connected and comfortable throughout their journey.

FlightAware is a flight tracking information company and provides over 10,000 aircraft operators and service companies as well as over 12 million passengers with global flight tracking solutions.