A planned joint venture by Iridium Communications and Nav Canada promises to offerworldwide ADS-B-based air traffic surveillance services using the upcoming Iridium Next satellite network. Iridium said last year that it was considering adding an ADS-B payload to its Iridium Next satellites, which begin launching in 2015 and will be completed in 2017.
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The recently announced Aireon joint venture to provide aircraft position reports from Iridium satellites equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) receivers will help close gaps in the already extensive ADS-B coverage provided by Nav Canada, an Aireon partner.
Iridium Communications announced Aireon, a new company which will eventually allow air traffic management agencies anywhere on earth the ability to track aircraft anywhere else on the planet using ADS-B equipment that will be attached Iridium Next, to a new 66-satellite network scheduled to begin launching in 2015. Iridium Next is the updated replacement hardware for Iridium’s current satellite network.
A planned joint venture by Iridium Communications and Nav Canada promises to offer worldwide ADS-B-based air traffic surveillance services using the upcoming Iridium Next satellite network.
JetBlue’s LiveTV has selected Greenwich AeroGroup to distribute its OpenPort-Aero broadband satcom system, which runs on the Iridium network. Greenwich AeroGroup and its Atlantic Aero, Western Aircraft and Summit Aviation facilities will sell, install and support the systems, as will other Greenwich-approved service providers. The first installation should begin in the third quarter, leading to STCs for a variety of aircraft, including helicopters, turboprops and jets.
Daher-Socata exhibited its TBM 850 Elite, the latest version of its single-turboprop business/utility aircraft, at EBACE this week in Geneva. Its main feature is the “quick-change” capability from the conventional six-seat arrangement to a configuration with four forward-facing seats, with the rest of the volume being made available for more baggage.
At Helitech 2011, Blue Sky Network (BSN) exhibited a renewed line of tracking devices that can help flight dispatchers to know, in real-time, where their fleet’s helicopters are. Through the SkyRouter web portal, they can receive regular updates on the aircraft’s altitude, heading and location, explained hardware engineer Steve Larson.
With a narrower pipe but greater reach for voice and data than its rival Inmarsat, the Iridium satellite network is becoming increasingly relevant for aircraft cockpits.
Aircell announced today at Labace that two members of its global dealer network have received from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) installation certifications for the Aviator 300 and Aviator 350. According to the Broomfield, Colo.-based company, they are the first approvals of SwiftBroadband-based communications systems in Brazil.
The FAA has endorsed use of the Iridium satellite data service for air traffic control (ATC) communications in oceanic airspace, providing airlines and business jet operators with what is considered a low-cost solution for Future Air Navigation System (FANS) datalink messaging.
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