Curacao signs up to Aireon

Aireon, developer of the world’s first space-based global air traffic surveillance system has signed a data services agreement with the Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP), the air traffic services provider for the Curaçao Flight Information Region (FIR).

Through the agreement, DC-ANSP will have 100 percent air traffic surveillance in 2018 of the Curaçao FIR, which covers 300,000 square kilometers adjacent to Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Colombia – much of which is oceanic airspace containing critical routes between the United States, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe.

This agreement represents a milestone for the Latin American and Caribbean regions, positioning DC-ANSP as a regional leader in aviation safety and efficiency. This will also allow DC-ANSP to increase flexibility over the cross-regional and intersecting routes they manage and facilitate seamless transitions between neighboring FIRs.

“Aireon’s space-based ADS-B is the future of air traffic surveillance by providing visibility over oceanic and remote regions – areas outside the range of traditional surveillance,” said Micilia Albertus-Verboom, director general, Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP). “Signing this agreement demonstrates DC-ANSP’s commitment to the region to be a progressive air traffic services provider, and will allow us to provide enhanced services to our many commercial airspace users. It will be a landmark in collaboration with unprecedented data sharing to promote global air traffic surveillance and to solve the airspace monitoring challenges we have with current technology.”

“The data services agreement absolutely positions DC-ANSP as a regional leader. When the system is operational in 2018, the introduction of 100 percent air traffic surveillance in the Eastern part of the Curacao FIR will optimize busy routes operated by the major U.S., Caribbean, Latin American and European airlines,” said Don Thoma, president and CEO, Aireon. “Aireon is pleased to welcome DC-ANSP to the growing list of launch-customers who will implement our space-based ADS-B service, and we look forward to supporting DC-ANSP in accommodating the future growth in air traffic while prioritizing safety and efficiency.”

Aireon is deploying a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon will harness next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that are currently ground-based and, for the first time ever, extend their reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders.

Real-time ADS-B surveillance will cover oceanic, polar and remote regions, as well as augment existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, like NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), ENAV and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon will have an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system by 2018.

 

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