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Aireon and FlightAware Team to Introduce GlobalBeacon Airline Solution for ICAO Airline Flight Tracking Compliance

Aireon and FlightAware reported a new partnership and the launch of GlobalBeacon, a solution providing airlines with 100 percent global flight tracking.

According to a release, GlobalBeacon is designed to ensure airlines are in compliance with Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) recommendations and requirements. Announced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in March of 2016, GADSS was created in response to the disappearance of MH370, and is designed to help prevent the loss of commercial aircraft in distress over remote locations.

The group noted GlobalBeacon will provide airlines with minute-by-minute, global tracking of Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft by 2018.

"GlobalBeacon was created to help solve an important problem that has bedeviled the aviation industry since commercial flight began, and together Aireon and FlightAware are proud to offer a true solution," said Aireon CEO, Don Thoma. "No other product can provide 100 percent global tracking, in real-time, without the cost of additional avionics equipage. We've already seen significant interest from airlines in this solution, and you can expect to hear a big announcement on that front in the coming days."

GlobalBeacon will provide airlines with a web-based, real-time aircraft tracking dashboard that features configurable alerts, providing immediate notification of abnormal events. Should an aircraft deviate from its intended flight path, experience severe turbulence or stop transmitting location, the aircraft will automatically enter distressed status and immediately notify its airline operations center, who can take appropriate actions.

FlightAware will also be integrating Aireon's space-based ADS-B surveillance data with its existing products including FlightAware Global and FlightAware Firehose, currently used by thousands of customers to track their aircraft. FlightAware Global provides real-time air traffic control data and RADAR data for flights to, from and within more than 55 countries.

Aireon's space-based ADS-B service will be operational in 2018, shortly after the completion of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation.

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