The new flight tracking technology of Aireon, which provides information about the location and position of aircraft anywhere in the world, has been launched in Ireland.
Aireon and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) declared on July 9, 2019, that the Aireon Aircraft Location and Emergency Response Tracking (ALERT) service were officially live. The important feature of this system is that it can monitor all Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft anywhere on Earth.
The surveillance technology relies on aircraft or airport vehicles broadcasting their position and identity via satellite navigation, which, in turn, can help determine the exact location of an aircraft in distress or on-demand.
“Aireon ALERT can provide the most accurate and precise aircraft locating data for emergency and distress situations, free of charge,” said Don Thoma, CEO of Aireon.
“As the operator of the world’s only global aircraft surveillance system, we recognize our unique position to provide such a critical service to the aviation community, and see it as our duty to provide this data to the proper authorities to assist in emergency situations,” Thoma added.
According to their statement, Aeron was officially approved as the first of a kind surveillance system certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), on June 4, 2019.