NAVCANADA, FAA team on space ADS-B

NAV CANADA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have signed a Declaration of Intent to collaborate on a range of technical and operational issues in support of the development and deployment of space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B).
The Canadian air navigation service provider in April finalised a long-term commercial data services contract with Aireon, the developer of the world’s first satellite-based global air traffic surveillance system.
Aireon, a joint venture between Iridium Communications and NAV CANADA, will take advantage of the hosted payload space on Iridium NEXT, Iridium’s second-generation satellite constellation, scheduled for first launch in early 2015. Aireon will provide space-based air traffic monitoring services as the new constellation becomes operational, with full capability expected by 2017.
With the Declaration of Intent, NAV CANADA and the FAA have committed to working together on development of common requirements including the development of policies, standards and operational procedures.
Among other things, this will include required navigation performance standards, required communications performance standards, hazard and safety analysis, and international standards and recommended practices.
“We look forward to working together to improve and harmonize the efficiency of our respective air traffic management services to take advantage of the opportunities presented by space-based ADS-B,” said Rudy Kellar, NAV CANADA executive vice president, service delivery. “This is an exciting new direction – one with the promise of significant benefits in safety, fuel savings and reduced GHG emissions for the world’s airlines.”
“The FAA and NAV CANADA are global leaders in flight safety and efficiency, and this Declaration of Intent builds on our productive and forward-looking relationship,” said Teri Bristol, deputy chief operating officer – Air Traffic Organization, FAA. “There is significant potential in space-based ADS-B, both in safety and flight efficiency, and we are committed to focusing on the work identified in the Declaration of Intent in conjunction with our NAV CANADA colleagues.”
NAV CANADA is the country’s private sector civil air navigation service provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.
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