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Aireon to Bring Space-Based ADS-B to New Zealand Airspace

By Juliet Van Wagenen | June 15, 2015
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[Avionics Today 06-15-2015] Aireon has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airways New Zealand, New Zealand’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), to collaborate on the investigation of the potential to deploy space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) services in New Zealand Domestic and South Pacific airspace. Airways New Zealand’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and low-cost air navigation services for airlines flying in the region.

Air traffic controllers in a tower in Christchurch, New Zealand
Air traffic controllers in a tower in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo: Airways New Zealand

Under the terms of this agreement, Airways New Zealand and Aireon will work together to investigate and potentially develop applicable regulations, standards and procedures for space-based ADS-B surveillance in the New Zealand domestic Flight Information Region (FIR) and the oceanic Auckland FIR. The investigation will also involve a concept of operations for 100 percent surveillance coverage over remote, terrestrial and oceanic regions in both FIRs and international harmonization with neighboring ANSPs.

“Airways New Zealand controls more than 30 million square kilometers of airspace and has over one million aircraft movements annually, connecting to the FAA’s pacific airspace. With such a large amount to cover, they are looking for cost-effective advancements in technology to improve business operations and safety, while bringing their customers the best service possible,” said Cyriel Kronenburg, vice president of sales and marketing at Aireon.

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