Aireon’s space-based ADS-B system has been successfully implemented by Isavia ANS, Iceland’s air navigation service provider. Isavia controls 5.4 million sq km of airspace and this makes it one of the largest deployments to date, Aireon announced Wednesday. Iceland’s airspace is bounded by the North Pole south to Scotland, and from the Greenwich Meridian to the east and Greenland to the west.
With the new system, Isavia’s ground-based air traffic surveillance will be enhanced by providing real-time surveillance in an area connecting Europe and North America. Further, with Isavia’s initial use of Aireon’s system in airspace south of 70 degrees north, it will enhance surveillance of an area where weather disruptions can create issues and ground sensor maintenance is a challenge, Aireon said.
“With the operational deployment of Aireon's air traffic surveillance system, the coverage of Isavia ANS's vast control area was fortified immediately, enabling both increased efficiency and safety of our service,” said Isavia project manager Guðmundur Kristjánsson. “Aireon’s implementation team worked around the clock with our operational staff, during a global pandemic, to complete the system acceptance phase and usher in our next generation of real-time air traffic capabilities.”