IAA Website - Thursday, May 19, 2022 1:42 AM


The Irish Aviation Authority is a partner in Aireon LLC, a revolutionary space-based air traffic surveillance venture, along with Iridium (USA) and the air navigation service providers NAV CANADA (Canada), ENAV (Italy) and Naviair (Denmark).

The Aireon system uses Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) technology installed on a network of 66 'Iridium NEXT' satellites to receive and send aircraft positional tracking data, making it possible to extend next-generation coverage across the entire planet and will constitute the first truly global air transport traffic management and surveillance system.

With this technology, air traffic control services can be provided in nearly all parts of the globe from Ireland.

It is a technological step change which will offer airlines significant fuel savings and fuel efficiencies of €100 million on the North Atlantic alone.

The Iridium NEXT satellites will be launched in 2016 and 2017, with the Aireon surveillance service being available to ANSPs in 2018.

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