Aireon establishes two alliances- with Thales for systems and Flight Safety Foundation for standards

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Aireon and Thales Expand Their Space-based ADS-B Collaboration

Sign A Memorandum Of Agreement To Look At Ways To Improve Aviation Efficiency

 Flight Safety Foundation, Aireon Forge Partnership to Advance Global Aviation Safety

Aireon assembles major assets for its satellite navigation, control and communication system

Aireon is an eight year old American company, based in McLean, VA. Its goal is to deploy a satellite system to increase the safety, enhance the global air traffic control services and connect the information flow from on board aircraft to interconnected data bases.

Founded in 2011, it manufactures, deploys, and operates a global aircraft tracking and surveillance system via satellite-based receivers to monitor the existing ADS-B transmissions of aircraft, for global air traffic surveillance. Essentially Aireon is in the process of revolutionizing the global aviation industry.

The company benefits from relationships with many of the ANSPs of the world (NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Enav, NATS and Naviair) as well as Iridium Communications and Harris Corporation. This consortium of a space infrastructure system and major national ATC providers should serve as a backbone for a global, real-time, space-based air traffic surveillance system to all aviation stakeholders.

In pursuit of that goal and in recognition that its existing partner, Thales  the world ATM leader, a French multinational company, has already developed some of the key elements of the ATC soft- and hard- ware:



ECOSystem to support applications such as Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM), Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) and UAS Traffic Management (UTM), which collectively plan, monitor, manage and assess aviation operations for better decisions and better results.

Deliver better service for airspace users

Increase staff productivity


Improve flight efficiency

Predictable capacity utilization

Improve network performance

Top Sky-ATC, the world’s most advanced air traffic management system. enables controllers, as well as technicians, to have:

Innovative and intuitive access to flight information

Accurate and real-time tracking for faster and better decisions

Efficient tools for enhanced detection and resolution of conflicts

Integrated sequencing and optimization capabilities

A robust reliable and easy to maintain system

Through this larger data integration, stakeholders including controllers, pilots, airlines and ANSPs gain increased global visibility of the airspace, thus contributing to optimized operations. this has a direct effect on airspace capacity, as well as a reduction in operating costs from reduced fuel burn. It will reduce ATC infrastructure costs, avoid major future infrastructure investments, enhance airspace flexibility and improve aviation safety.Aireon’s second major, recent partnership is with the Flight Safety Foundation, an independent, nonprofit, international organization engaged in research, education, advocacy and communications to improve aviation safety. The Foundation’s mission is to connect, influence and lead global aviation safety.

FSF and Aireon will collaborate in applying spaced-based automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast (ADS-B) data to develop, share and identify safety risks in global airspace and use this information to inform emerging issues.

Under a new phase of the Foundation’s Global Safety Information Program (GSIP),[1] the Foundation will oversee the development of safety performance indicators (SPIs)[2] and other important safety metrics and analytics using space-based ADS-B data.

FSF is THE hallmark of aviation safety; its independence is a reason why its safety judgments have not been questioned. Having helped define these parameters, will the Virginia Foundation still hold that credibility if something goes wrong with the Aireon system?


[1]  worldwide initiative led by Flight Safety Foundation that guides the aviation community’s response to challenges that may emerge from safety data collection and processing systems (SDCPS). Focus areas include safety data collection, safety data analysis, safety information protection, and safety information sharing. While GSIP initially concentrated on the Asia Pacific and Pan America regions, the project’s influence has steadily expanded to additional parts of the world.

[2] Safety performance indicators (SPIs) are essential to evaluating the success of an aviation organization’s safety management efforts


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